ST. PETERSBURG, January 22 - RAPSI. Prosecutors will not appeal a St. Petersburg court judgment permitting the pending adoption of a three-year-old boy from the city by an American family, according to the municipal children's rights ombudsman.

Earlier, a statement was circulated stating that the local prosecutor's office filed an appeal with the Supreme Court, asking to cancel the St. Petersburg City Court's December ruling on the adoption of a three-year-old boy living in a special institution for children with neural pathology by a U.S. family.

"The prosecutor's office has officially informed the ombudsman that it will not take any action to block the court decision," the ombudsman's press office said.

Meanwhile, the St. Petersburg Prosecutor's Office told RIA Novosti that it had never filed an appeal against the ruling.

Court rulings in favor of seven children in St. Petersburg were passed in December but were not to take effect until January when the controversial Dima Yakovlev law came into force.

Six of these children have already been reunited with their adoptive families.

On January 1, the Dima Yakovlev law banning the adoption of Russian children by U.S. citizens came into force. The law was passed in retaliation for the U.S. Magnitsky Act, which stipulates visa sanctions for Russians who are believed by Senate members to have been involved in human rights violations.