Russia scraps US exchange scheme, says teen put in gay couple's careRussia has pulled out of a long-running US-funded student exchange programme, accusing the organisers of letting a teenager stay behind in the United States in the care of a gay couple.
Moscow's decision to pull the plug on the largest Russia-US high school exchange programme comes amid a showdown with the United States over Ukraine which has also seen President Vladimir Putin try to curb the spread of Western values.
"A child, who has a mother in Russia, has illegally been placed under guardianship, and the boy has been handed over to a US gay couple," Russia's children's ombudsman Pavel Astakhov said on Wednesday.
After reading this article, I felt for the kids that lost a great opportunity to boost their future growth.
But at the same time, I understand the actions of the Russian government and feel ashamed for the actions of US officials. Why?
Well, the first thing that draws attention is: “A child, who has a mother in Russia, has illegally been placed under guardianship… The child hails from a decent family and is healthy so it's unclear what arguments those in the United States have been guided by.” Is it ok to do that with a citizen of the other country?
And the second thing is: “...the boy has been handed over to a US gay couple." Nothing terrible, of course – for us. But “Russia does not recognize same-sex marriages and has banned adoptions from countries that legally allow such unions.” Let’s step aside from the fairness of such position. Just focus on the fact that a country had certain laws protecting its children. And US officials did something to the citizen of this country that violates these laws. It’s like making a Muslim woman from a conservative country put on a mini skirt and walk in a public place. Nothing terrible, but what would the reaction be?
So, I assume that the whole situation is a provocation, though I don’t really understand what goals it might pursue.