Area family adopts Russian orphan before ban begins

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Posted: December 29, 2012

The Winchester Star

Brian and Mary Kay Hester can breathe a sigh of relief that they landed at Washington Dulles International Airport with their new daughter from Russia — Elise — last May.
Mary Kay and Brian Hester pose for a holiday portrait with their daughters Anna Hester (right), who is almost 5, and Elise Hester, 2. Elise was adopted from Russia in May.

WINCHESTER — With the stroke of a pen Friday, Russian President Vladimir Putin ended the chance for thousands of Russian orphans to have what Elise Hester appears to have today: a loving…



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