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    President Vladimir Putin on Friday signed a bill banning Americans from adopting Russian children, part of a harsh response to a U.S. law targeting Russians deemed to be human rights violators.more>>
    President Vladimir Putin on Friday signed a bill banning Americans from adopting Russian children, part of a harsh response to a U.S. law targeting Russians deemed to be human rights violators.more>>

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (AP) - An attorney who fought to win child support payments for a Russian boy whose adoptive mother sent him back alone on a plane said the new ban preventing Americans from adopting Russian children is the sort of thing he was hoping to prevent.

On Thursday, Russian lawmakers passed a bill banning U.S. adoptions. The ban is seen as retaliation for a U.S. law targeting Russians deemed to be human rights violators. But lawmakers cited cases of mistreatment of Russian adoptees as the reason for the ban.

President Vladimir Putin signed the bill on Friday.

Attorney Larry Crain said that he had hoped the court's $1,000 a month child support award would help reverse the harm caused when Artyom Saveliev was sent from Shelbyville back to Russia.

Torry Hansen was living in Shelbyville, Tennessee, in April 2010 when she sent her then-7-year-old son on a plane alone back to Moscow with a note that said the boy was violent and she no longer wanted to keep him.

The boy now lives in a private orphanage in Moscow that spends the equivalent of about $2,300 a month on his housing and "psychological correction."

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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