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Moscow - Jan 16, 2013

1. Wide of Rebecca Preece, Jeana and Wayne Bonner and their friend in lobby of Marriott Hotel in Moscow

2. Mid of Rebecca Preece, Jeana Bonner and their American friend

3. Close-up of the court ruling approving the adoption of a Russian child by Rebecca Preece and her husband Brian

4. SOUNDBITE (English) Rebecca Preece, US citizen attempting to adopt a Russian child:

"(Our) 30 days were up before January 1st, before any of this law came into effect. They still will not allow us to go pick up our children and they have told us we just have to wait, for the Supreme Court to make some kind of ruling. Which could be as long as 30 days. So we are stuck here."

5. Close-up of papers held in hands

6. Mid of Rebecca Preece and Wayne Bonner looking at documents

Jan. 17, 2013

7. Mid of Russia's Children's Rights Commissioner, Pavel Astakhov, entering news conference

8. SOUNDBITE (Russian) Pavel Astakhov, Russia's Children's Rights Commissioner:

"A statement was issued, and the statement is a true one, that all of the children who have received approval by the court will leave Russia for America. All who received a court decision (will leave), because it is demanded by our laws and our constitution. In the constitution it says that the decision of a court is law, and it must be carried out."

Jan. 13, 2013

9. Wide of marchers protesting the anti-adoption bill

10. Pull out of protesters marching

11. Close-up of a sign that reads: (Russian) "We are responsible for those who weren't allowed to leave," with an image of a baby and Gerard Depardieu (recently granted Russian citizenship)

12. Wide of man holding same poster, police in background

STORYLINE:

FOR DAYS, REBECCA PREECE HAS BEEN IN MOSCOW WAITING TO FINALIZE THE ADOPTION OF A CHILD WITH DOWN SYNDROME.

BUT THE NEW RUSSIAN LAW BANNING AMERICANS FROM ADOPTING RUSSIAN CHILDREN IS PUTTING HER IN LEGAL LIMBO.

SOUNDBITE (English) Rebecca Preece, US citizen attempting to adopt a Russian child:

"(Our) 30 days were up before January 1st, before any of this law came into effect. They still will not allow us to go pick up our children and they have told us we just have to wait, for the Supreme Court to make some kind of ruling. Which could be as long as 30 days. So we are stuck here."

DESPITE A COURT RULING IN HER FAVOR, RUSSIAN OFFICIALS ARE REFUSING TO TURN OVER HER ADOPTIVE CHILD BECAUSE OF THE NEW LAW SIGNED LAST DECEMBER.

PREECE IS ONE OF DOZENS OF AMERICAN FAMILIES FACING THIS PREDICAMENT.

THURSDAY, A RUSSIAN OFFICIAL TRIED REASSURING AMERICANS WITH COURT APPROVED ADOPTIONS THAT THEY'LL BE ABLE TO TAKE THEIR CHILDREN BACK TO THE U-S.

THOUSANDS RALLIED IN CENTRAL MOSCOW LAST SUNDAY TO PROTEST THE LAW THAT PROTESTORS SAY UNFAIRLY VICTIMIZES CHILDREN.

RUSSIA SAYS MORE THAN HALF A MILLION CHILDREN ARE WITHOUT PARENTAL CUSTODY, WITH OVER 100, 000 OF THEM IN ORPHANAGES.

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