MOSCOW, May 30 (RAPSI) – Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a bill permitting individuals infected with HIV or Hepatitis C to adopt children in certain circumstances into law. The document’s wording has been published on the official website of legal information.

The legislative proposal was passed by the State Duma on May 21. The Federation Council approved it on May 22.

According to the law, courts may make an exception to the rule prohibiting adoption by infected individuals if due to emergent circumstances children already live with them.

The document applies to all diseases that ban adoption listed in a special registry. The registry was established by Russian government in 2013 and lists infectious diseases that make it impossible for a person to adopt or assume legal guardianship of a child unless medical supervision is terminated due to a persistent remission.