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International AdoptionGlobal Inequalities and the Circulation of Children$
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Diana Marre and Laura Briggs

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780814791011

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814791011.001.0001

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International Adoption in Russia

International Adoption in Russia

“Market,” “Children for Organs,” and “Precious” or “Bad” Genes

(p.174) Chapter 9 International Adoption in Russia
International Adoption

Lilia Khabibullina

NYU Press

This chapter examines international adoption from Russia, which is a major source of children for Western Europeans and North Americans. In Russia, as in Brazil, cases of child trafficking and abuse involving foreign adoptive parents and adoption agencies recently captured media attention. Consequently, Russia made international adoption more difficult. Public discourses tend to position adopted children as objects of market transactions, which they see as imposed by Western capitalist countries. While nationalists worry about “losing genofund,” the genetic resources that represent the country's potential wealth of talent, social democrats are concerned that children are becoming commodified. The fear that children who disappear across borders are being raped and murdered by abusive adoptive parents or maimed and dismembered so their organs can be utilized by the rich for transplants is a telling metaphor for the unequal power relations that shape adoption internationally.

Keywords:   Russia, child trafficking, child abuse, capitalism, power relations, genofund

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