Vladimir Putin sacrifices children to score political points
I've been on a slow burn for the last couple weeks regarding a truly evil piece of legislation passed by the depraved perverts in the Russian legislature with the support of Vladimir Putin. The U.S. had recently passed legislation placing restrictions on Russians who have been found to violate human rights and Russia feels like it is being picked on.
Now, for the sake of argument, let's assume that Russia is being treated in an unfair and unjust manner by the U.S. The solution to this should not be to punish Russian children and damn them to grow up in horrible Russian orphanages when they could be adopted into a stable, loving home in the United States. In order to take a political shot at the United States, Putin is literally sacrificing Russian children.
The Washington Post pointed out another angle to this story: American adoptions have been the subject of urban myths in Russia regarding those children being abused, including some absolutely absurd tales that adopted Russian children are used to harvest organs for transplant. The Post argues this is the "real reason" for the legislation.
It is more than likely a little bit of both. Putin is taking a potshot at the U.S. and he is catering to the ignorance of poor and uneducated rural Russians to shore up nationalist political support. It is a sick and depraved thing to do regardless. It is not just irresponsible to condemn Russian children to live horrible lives in these orphanages to gain some political traction - it is an evil action. It is 100% pure evil.