Dima Yakovlev's law

In January 2013, Law No. 186614-6 entered into force in Russia, one of the amendments to which prohibits US citizens from adopting Russian children. It received the unspoken name "Dima Yakovlev's Law" in honor of a Russian child killed by foster American parents.

The fact that American citizens, usually without a twinge of conscience, handing over their parents to a nursing home gladly adopt children from Russia, and with physical and mental disabilities, has been known for a long time. And the point here is clearly not an awakened conscience or a desire to give your child your love, but a banal desire to make money. When adopting children, US federal law provides for a lot of benefits for such families: a lump sum, interest-free loans, preferential tax deductions. In addition, different states have fringe benefits. To save money, practical Americans quickly adopt a baby in Russia and begin to milk their state for money. Moreover, at best, they do not pay attention to the child, allowing them to coexist under a common roof over their heads, and at worst ... the case ends in a tragic ending. And here the fairest American court, given that the murdered child was a foreigner, fully acquits the parents, and sometimes does not even reach the court ...

Baby born in 2006 Dima Yakovlev, from the regional orphanage for children with organic lesions of the central nervous system with mental disorders, located in the city of Pechora, Pskov region, was adopted by the spouses Miles Harrison and Carol Lynn Exmann-Harrison on February 21, 2008 by the decision of the Pskov Regional Court (USA), who made three trips to Russia with the aim of adopting a child. Miles Harrison's adoptive father was the executive director of the consulting firm Project Solutions Group in Herndon, Virginia. Due to his good income, he was obliged to pay high taxes. Here a good legal way to deceive the state turned up by adopting a sick child and receiving maximum benefits and discounts. However, adopting a child in the United States is a big problem, since the guardianship service checks the future parents for several years, and after adoption comes to the child almost every week in order to make sure that he is given due care and is not exposed to domestic violence. A way out was found right away - in distant Russia, you can quickly find such a child for a small fee and issue documents for his custody within a few months ... the choice fell on Dima Yakovlev.

Four months after the adoption, 49-year-old Harrison killed the toddler, leaving Dima in the backseat of an SUV outside his office in the blazing sun. The child spent 8 hours in the car - in a 30-degree heat (in the cabin the temperature could rise up to 50 degrees). Dima's torment was aggravated by the fact that his father "according to all the rules" fastened the unfortunate with seat belts.

During the investigation, Miles Harrison said that he should have brought the child to kindergarten, but since he was in a hurry to work, he forgot about it. Under American law, his adoptive father, Miles Harrison, faced up to 10 years in prison for manslaughter, but on December 17 he was fully acquitted by an American court.

The Russian side was informed of the death of the child only after the case was publicized, in the form of a trial with the murderer's acquittal. Immediately, checks began on the fact of adoption, and as a result, it turned out that the child was repeatedly tried to take under guardianship by his own grandmother, but she was refused, moreover, her signature was forged on the child abandonment documents when adopted by American parents.

The decision of the American court in the Dima Yakovlev case caused a violent reaction in the Russian media and the government. The Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation, through its diplomats, tried to obtain a revision of the acquittal, but to no avail. In response to the silence of American justice, a bill was drafted to ban the adoption of children by American families, which was implemented by a majority vote in the Duma. The raging American system immediately dragged in a political component and called the law "anti-magnetic." It was allegedly adopted in response to the American Magnitsky law banning 60 Russian officials from entering the United States who were involved or suspected of being involved in the death of Magnitsky, who was tortured to death in the KGB dungeons.