@GODFREYDANIEL No, the ban on Americans adopting Russian children, called the Dima Yakolev Law (per Wikipedia with listed sources) was signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin on 28 December 2012 and took effect on 1 January 2013, BEFORE the coup in Ukraine. The law is informally named after a Russian orphan adopted by a family from Purcellville, Virginia, who died of heat stroke after being left in a parked car for nine hours. In July 2008, less than three months after he arrived in America, Dima died while he was strapped into his adoptive father’s car. He had been left alone for nine hours in the car as his father had forgotten to take him to daycare service. Following trial, Harrison was acquitted of involuntary manslaughter by a Circuit Court judge in Fairfax County, Virginia, on January 2009. The case became national news in Russia, highlighting abuse cases involving Russian children adopted by American parents. It’s meant to “punish” US citizens for being too self-involved (most likely with a cell phone) to not endanger a child.