Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday signed a bill that will prohibit Americans from adopting Russian children, the Associated Press reports.
After passing the Russian parliament on Wednesday, Putin said that he would sign it into law. The measure is widely viewed as a retaliatory response to a U.S. effort to target Russians identified as huamn rights violators.
Although it has not been officially specified when the law will take effect, a spokesman for Putin was quoted by a Russian news agency as saying "practically, adoption stops on Jan. 1."