Understanding tension between advancing women's rights and the fear of change

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A comparative analysis of female incarceration and human rights

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Russia passed a bill early this year banning all United States adoptions of Russian children in response to America’s Magnitsky Act, which imposed travel and financial restrictions on Russian officials suspected of human rights violations. To justify the bill, President Putin has cited the tragic deaths of a few Russian orphans adopted into the U.S. However, the bill and its justifications have received much criticism in both countries leaving open the question of whether Putin’s reasoning leads to a different purpose altogether.

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Recent laws targeted at Russia have put a big chill on America’s “reset” policy towards relations with Russia. Russia and the United States must resist partisan politics, reset the “reset,” and collaborate as strategic partners to advance common policy goals and ensure long-term improvements in U.S.-Russian relations.

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