Following last week’s diplomatically embarrassing — and for the child in question, no doubt traumatizing — fiasco involving a 7-year-old Russian boy whose adoptive American mom returned him to Moscow alone a year after bringing him to the States, the Russian government has put a freeze on adoptions of Russian children by Americans for an indefinite period. Way to go, Torry Ann Hansen of Shelbyville, Tenn. –KA

The New York Times:

The announcement by the Russian Foreign Ministry gave no indication of how long the suspension would last. The State Department in Washington is sending a high-level delegation to Moscow to hold talks on reaching an agreement, and both countries have expressed hope that the matter can be resolved quickly.

“Future adoptions of Russian children by citizens of the United States, which are now suspended, are possible only if such an agreement is reached,” a spokesman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, Andrei Nesterenko, said at a briefing on Thursday.

Officials at the United States Embassy in Moscow said they had not received official notification of a suspension and were seeking more information from their Russian counterparts.

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