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Kremlin children's envoy battles plagiarism claims

Controversial Kremlin children's envoy Pavel Astakhov, a top backer of the ban on US adoptions, on Thursday was at the centre of a plagiarism row as opponents accused him of copying elements of his doctoral thesis. Opposition journalist Sergei Parkhomenko published a detailed analysis of Astakhov's dissertation on his blog, claiming that elements were plagiarised, while Astakhov responded by calling the claims "pitiful" and saying that his opponents needed to see a psychoanalyst.

French, British gay marriage harms adoption chance: Russia

The approval of gay marriage by parliaments in France and Britain harms the chances of citizens of those countries adopting Russian children, a senior Russian Foreign Ministry official said Wednesday. "The British and French parliaments have legalised same-sex marriages. This narrows the chances of the citizens of these countries adopting Russian children," the foreign ministry's human rights envoy Konstantin Dolgov wrote on Twitter.

Russia won't revoke U.S. adoption ban - Putin adviser

* Child rights adviser says ban to stay in place * Law upsets rights campaigners in Russia, ties with U.S. * American families, Russian orphans stuck in limbo By Gabriela Baczynska MOSCOW, Jan 17 (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin's adviser on child rights on Thursday flatly dismissed protesters' calls to rescind a ban on adoptions of Russian orphans by Americans, saying it puts an end to abuse and trading in Russian children in the United States.
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