If you are reading this blog because you are interested in adopting from Russia, you might appreciate this article, the best I've seen explaining the current suspension of foreign adoption from Russia.
Since I have been paying attention to these issues, such suspensions have happened several times for various reasons. Putin shut down adoptions altogether shortly after becoming president in order to clean up much of the corruption that was associated with the process at the time. Prospective parents adopting in the 90s were asked to bring $10,000 in cash. I don't think that sort of thing happens anymore, we were given an itemized list of fees and expenses (not including hotel and meals). Some of those fees were either approximate or given in a range, but at one point our facilitator gave us back money when something didn't cost as much as he thought it would.
But Russian attitudes toward adoption in general, and foreign adoption in particular, are not very favorable. When we were there for our second adoption, much was being made in the Russian media about the death of a Russian boy at the hands of his American parents. The focus was on the dozen or so children who have died in the states over the years, with little mention of the hundreds who die while still in orphanages. There are rumors that Americans buy the children for the purposes of organ donation, with no discussion of the children who are sold for sex (warning, real terjearker at that link) in Russia. It has been said that Nina Ostanina, deputy head of the Duma's commission on family affairs, has long wanted to stop foreign adoptions altogther, but doesn't have the support in the Duma. Instead the process gets harder and harder. I also read somewhere that Russia is considering a foster care system, and while that may help address some of the attachment issues that occur as a result of institutionalization, I fear that it will leave many more children vulnerable to abuse.
My point here is not to castigate the Russians or the orphanage system. My hope is that what happens with the new accreditation system really does benefit the children. For many of us who have been there, all of those children reside in our hearts. My wish is that relations between our countries would improve despite our leaders' efforts to the contrary. My fear is that if my boys should someday want to return to Russia to the learn about the land that (and the women who) bore them, they would not be welcomed.
Adoption, for all its faults and challenges, is a gift born out of loss on all sides. It may or may not be the best case scenario, but it is certainly not the worst.