Russia’s Putin signs anti-U.S. citizen adoptions bill soc.li/MYJBGOD says US human rights abuses means it shouldn’t lecture others
— U.S. Citizen Abroad (@USCitizenAbroad) December 28, 2012
This is quite interesting. The story appeared in the New York Times a couple of days ago. It did generate a couple of comments about citizenship-based taxation and the problems of US persons abroad.
Apparently the proposed ban on US citizens adopting Russian children is described in the Globe as:
Russian officials portrayed the latest legislation as a tit-for-tat retaliation against a new U.S. law that seeks to punish Russians accused of human-rights violations”
Moscow’s latest legislation – which would also ban U.S. funded civic groups in the country – would put concrete action to rising Russian complaints, voiced most vehemently by Mr. Putin, that the U.S.’s own human-rights failings give it no credibility to lecture others.
Looks like (at least in Russia) the U.S. is starting to “reap what it sows”. Note the following comments in the story as it appeared in the New York Times.
Russian Parliament Sends Adoption Ban on US citizens to Putin nyti.ms/VxS3Mz – US citizens are a problem the world over #FBAR #FATCA
— U.S. Citizen Abroad (@USCitizenAbroad) December 26, 2012
Might be worth making some comments to the article in the Globe.
Here is what Ron Paul says about the new U.S. law described above. Read it one, read it twice and you will see what Putin is outraged. Also this is a good example of “your tax dollars at work” – ConGross = such a waste of money.
Statement opposing HR 6156
The Americans wrote a completely needless law just in order to belittle the Russian government for absolutely no reason at all. I know of no precedent where the acts of a private individual have been raised to the level of being categorized as a violation of human rights. As far as I am aware of such a classification as always only been attached to the policies and practices of governments and their political leaders.
This is an obviously blatant attempt by the U.S. to do an end run around the Russian judiciary and reserve to itself that right to render a summary verdict on a foreign national but without the benefit of a trial. Of course America can’t try a none American citizen unless that person has committed a crime in America. All of this though renders moot the American legislative actions with regards to this incident.
The U.S. legislators have much more important things that are closer to home, to occupy their time with.
Ron Paul condemned and voted against the bill that punishes Russians suspect of violations of human rights.
Thanks for taking the time to research and post the results of the vote. I am glad to see that there were 43 people who put their thinking hats on.
I also want to once again congratulate you on the excellent work that you are doing with the rewrite. It would be nice if the exit tax were abolished altogether but since that isn’t likely to happen, it is best to give them some good examples of how the tax should best be administered.
*Too bad that the Russians did not link this “no adoptions of Russian Children by Americans to FATCA and US citizenship-based taxation. That would have been reallly useful in advancing our cause.
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