Ombudsman Moskalkova calls Russian mother’s sentence in U.S. kidnapping case unjust
MOSCOW, June 7 (RAPSI, Diana Gutsul) – Russia’s High Commissioner for Human Rights Tatiana Moskalkova claims that a 7-year prison sentence given by a U.S. court to Bogdana Osipova on charges of kidnapping her own children, is far from justice.
Osipova left America with her children in 2014 explaining this action by violence from ex-husband Brian Mobley, a U.S. citizen. Then the court passed the custody of children to Mobley. She returned to the United States in 2017 to file a request for the custody of her daughters but was arrested and then detained on charges of abduction of her children.
On Thursday, the United States District Court for the District of Kansas sentenced to 7 years behind bars, ordered that she be placed under the U.S. authorities’ supervision after release for 3 years and therefore prohibited her from leaving the country during this period. The court also obliged her to make efforts necessary to the children’s return to America.
Moskalkova believes that the woman went to the length of taking her children to Russia out of despair.
Osipova was arrested when she returned to the U.S. to settle child custody issues including payment of alimony by her ex-husband, the Russian ombudsman told journalists. The court by its judgment really left minors without their mother contrary to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), Moskalkova said.
Moreover, putting irons and handcuffs on Osipova during the sentencing hearing is a glaring fact of abasement of human dignity, she stated. Therefore, the mother of 3 was actually equated with dangerous special criminals; violence of a like nature against the woman is unallowable, particularly in the country always referring to democracy and humanist values, the Russian human rights commissioner noted.