January 15, 2013
Putin's Colossal Anti-Magnitsky Blunder
Richard Lourie, Moscow Times
Putin's big mistake was when he turned his initial symmetric response into a foolish asymmetric one. By denying Americans the right to adopt Russian children, the reasoning must have been some combination of "The Americans are sentimental, this'll hurt them!" and "Who do they think they are, coming here and shopping for our blond, blue-eyed darlings!"
TAGGED: Adoption, Magnitsky Act, Russia, Vladimir Putin