A whopping eighty-three per cent of Russian citizens do not want to adopt a child, a public opinion poll based in the country has revealed.
The Russian Public Opinion Study Center (VTsIOM) on Tuesday said that only 9 per cent of the citizens are considering the possibility of adoption, 1 per cent has adopted a child, and 3 per cent are arguing a possible adoption with the family.
The centre which polled 1,600 adults in 140 towns and cities in 42 regions on May 22-23 noted that eighty-nine per cent of Russians know about the cruel treatment of Russian children in foreign foster families, and 8 per cent know nothing about that.
Forty-eight per cent oppose a ban on inter-country adoptions. Forty-two per cent say that the nationality of foster parents is immaterial, and forty-one per cent believe that adopted children will have a better material status in foreign foster families.
Thirty-eight per cent say that foreigners adopt sick children, which have no chance for adoption in the home country.
Russian Children's Rights Ombudsman Pavel Astakhov confirmed on May 21 that inter-country adoptions had been suspended until the signing of bilateral agreements that would protect adopted children.
"Foreign adoption of Russian children has been suspended de facto," he said. Astakhov noted that the suspension had not been confirmed de jure.
"The Family Code defines an inter-country adoption as a temporary measure for children who cannot be adopted in Russia. Inter-country adoption is possible exclusively on the basis of bilateral treaties," he said.