I’ve been following part of this story on the cable news shows – hundreds (if not thousands) of Americans are now in some kind of legal limbo because they were in the midst of the months- (sometimes years-) long process of adopting Russian children, and Pres. Vladimir Putin just ended foreign adoptions to the US. Putin has various reasons, but there are a lot of American couples who are really freaking out, and the State Department is getting involved and it’s a huge mess. So here comes Angelina Jolie to soothe the situation with her diplomacy and bartering, that is, if you believe the Enquirer. The Enquirer claims that Angelina has “reached out” to Pres. Putin to see if there’s anything she can do to get this adoption thing resolved. “Anything” being “convincing Brad to hold their wedding in Moscow.”
The Hollywood humanitarian has approached Russian President Vladimir Putin about repealing the nation’s recent ban on Americans adopting children from his country, sources say. And the powerful politician responded by asking Angie – the mother of three adopted kids – to tie the knot with Brad Pitt in Russia, insiders say.
“Instead of selling her wedding photos for millions and donating the money to charity, Angelina now has the chance to make a political statement with her walk down the aisle,” a source told The ENQUIRER. “After she asked President Putin to relax his country’s new adoption policy, he agreed to consider it – IF she agrees to marry Brad Pitt in a high-profile ceremony in the heart of Moscow or one of the famous palaces in St. Petersburg.”
On Dec. 28, Putin signed a bill that bans U.S. citizens from adopting Russian children, raising tensions with Washington.
“Angelina thinks the adoption ban is retaliation against a new U.S. law seeking to punish Russians accused of human-rights violations,” explained the source. “She went through diplomatic channels to extend an olive branch to Putin in an attempt to smooth over strained relations between the countries.”
The 37-year-old actress has promoted humanitarian causes around the globe for over a decade as a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
“In light of Angelina’s rank in the diplomatic community, it will be difficult for Putin to dismiss her out of hand,” noted the source.
More than 45,000 Russian orphans have been adopted by American parents since 1999, and Angelina herself once considered taking home a Russian toddler.
As The ENQUIRER reported in 2005, the “Tomb Raider” star lost her heart to a 15-month-old boy in a Moscow orphanage. In the end, she chose not to adopt him, saying her Cambodian-born son Maddox was not “quite ready” for a sibling. Since then, she’s adopted children from Vietnam and Ethiopia and had three biological kids with Brad.
The source concluded: “Getting Putin to change Russia’s policy would not only help numerous orphans, but also be a major coup for Angie.”
I mean… it’s probably BS, right? But you never know with Angelina. The thing is, I could totally see her writing a letter to Pres. Putin or using her UN credentials to get a meeting with him. I wonder how that overture began? “Dear Vlad, You might not know me but I played a Russian spy in Salt. HUZZAH.” Also: I’ve always wanted to see St. Petersburg. I’ve always wanted to visit the Hermitage. Why wouldn’t Angelina and Brad want to marry in some beautiful Russian locale? That is, if they’re not already married.
Photos of Angelina & Putin (separately) in Russia, courtesy of WENN.