U.S. foster mother sues Russian newspaper instead of commissioner
MOSCOW, March 15 - RAPSI. U.S. citizen Torry Ann Hansen, the foster mother of Artyom Savelyev, has submitted a lawsuit against Rossiyskaya Gazeta - not Presidential Commissioner for Children's Rights Pavel Astakhov as reported earlier, Moscow Savyolovsky Court spokesperson Vladimir Tarasov told the Russian Legal Information Agency.
Hansen's application was submitted to the court against Rossiyskaya Gazeta. She seeks to find groundless and defamatory the information published in an article on its website, Tarasov said.
He said Hansen wants the newspaper to retract the information and pay compensation for moral harm amounting to several thousand rubles.
Savelyev arrived from Washington to Moscow on April 8, 2010 with a note saying Hansen did not want to mother him as he allegedly had mental problems. The boy spent only half a year with her family. Previously, he lived in the Maritime Territory with his mother. When she was deprived of her parental rights, he spent several years in a children's home.
Astakhov has commented on the situation on many occasions. He said Artyom refuses to recollect his stay in the United States.
"It is clear even now that the child underwent a great deal of stress due to his foster mother and she must be held accountable," Astakhov said.
RAPSI has yet to reach the parties for comment.
The World Association for Children and Parents has filed a lawsuit against Hansen, seeking to oblige her to pay 27 percent of her nurse's salary to her abandoned son until he reaches legal age.
Artyom is nine years old now. He currently lives in the Moscow region in a large family along with five other children.