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Have you heard of Sergei Magnitsky?  How about Robert and Kim Summers?  Until a few days ago, there was little connection between Magnitsky, a deceased Russian attorney, and Robert and Kim Summers of Freehold, New Jersey, prospective adoptive parents of a Russian child.  But today, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a new Russian law banning American citizens from adopting Russian orphans.

News reports indicate that the new law is retaliation for the U.S. government’s passage of the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act of 2012.

In 2008, Sergei Magnitsky accused a group of Russian officials of stealing approximately $230 million from the Russian Treasury through fraudulent tax refunds.  In response to his accusations, the officials accused Magnitsky of perpetrating the fraud himself.  Magnitsky was arrested and taken into custody.  There, he was allegedly beaten and denied medical treatment.  In 2009, Magnitsky died while still in custody.

Now, three years…

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