Fareed speaks with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev about Russia’s recent decision to ban adoptions of Russian children by U.S. parents. For the full interview watch "Fareed Zakaria GPS," this Sunday at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. ET on CNN.
Medvedev: We should take all the necessary decisions so that there would be no orphans in Russia itself. The U.S. does not have such a problem? Many European countries do not have this problem? We have a good society already and we have people who are well off enough, they are able to give food and shelter to our children. This is the reason behind the decisions we have made.
Zakaria: But you could encourage Russians to adopt orphans and handicapped orphans. You could provide them with incentives. Why ban foreigners from doing it, because if the culture in Russia does not change – and cultures don't change in 2 to 3 years – you will have a generation of orphans who have been punished for no fault of their own.
Well, there is another side to this issue, which is rather complex; I would not like to speculate on this matter. But still, I have to mention it. Unfortunately, the information which we believe about the fate of Russian children adopted in the United States does not make anyone happy.
Meaning what? Explain what that means.
I will explain. A large number of American families who adopted Russian children really provide the correct care, upbringing and education. And in that case, they get high marks. This is the highly moral attitude. But unfortunately, in our country we know a lot of cases when children adopted by American parents died or were tortured or lost their health in the U.S., and even one such case would be enough to suggest the draft of a law for consideration.
Are there documented cases that you have about this?
Of course. These cases, all the cases maybe they don't reach you. All these cases have been described on Russian TV and the Internet, even.