After Russia's Dec. 28 ban on adoptions by U.S. citizens, Russian Orthodox Church spokesperson Vsevolod Chaplin told the news agency Interfax that children adopted by foreigners "won't get a truly Christian upbringing, and that means falling away from the church and from the path to eternal life in God's kingdom." Chaplin later said exceptions should be made for children with medical needs. The U.S. State Department called the ban "politically motivated." The move followed a U.S. decision in December to make it illegal for Russian officials accused of human rights violations to travel to or hold bank accounts in the U.S.
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