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Embassy Confirms Some Russian Orphans Bound for U.S.

Some of the Russian children caught in limbo by their country's ban on adoptions by Americans have left for the United States with their new parents, the U.S. Embassy in Moscow said Wednesday.

The confirmation from embassy press attache Joseph Kruzich was the first official word from the U.S. that any of the 46 children had been allowed to leave Russia.

"Following up on recent statements by Russian authorities, the embassy can confirm that several adoptions have been finalized under Russian law," Kruzich said. "The embassy in Moscow has processed the applications of these adopting parents in accordance with standard procedures. We will continue processing those cases that are approved by Russian courts."

(AP)

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