Russians to stage march against US adoption ban

Moscow, Jan 9 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Opponents of a law banning US nationals from adopting Russian children were granted permission here Wednesday to hold a protest march in central Moscow Jan 13, officials and rally organisers said.

The ban is part of a wider response by Moscow to the Magnitsky Act, a US law that imposes travel bans and other sanctions on Russian officials suspected of human rights abuses.

The law was signed into force by US President Barack Obama late last year.

Moscow City Hall gave permission for a march with the participation of up to 20,000 people, Moscow security chief Alexei Mayorov said.

Key opposition figures are, however, expected to attend the rally, which will also call for the dissolution of parliament over the ban.

--IANS/RIA Novosti

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