MOSCOW, June 6 (RAPSI) – Russian children are most often adopted by citizens of Italy, Spain and France, a review of the judicial practice of Russia’s Supreme Court reads.

According to the Supreme Court, in 2017 the number of cases over international adoption of children decreased by almost 25%.

As it is seen in the review, 336 cases over international adoption of children were reviewed by courts, or by 22.4% less than in 2016, when judgements were passed in 433 cases.

The Supreme Court notes that the majority of applications, 334 of them, were satisfied by courts, whereas adoptions were refused only in two cases.

As it was the case in two previous years (2015-2016), in 2017 the majority of Russian children were adopted by citizens of Italy (54.8% of the applications with successful outcome), Spain (15.0%) and France (5.1%).