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Ombudsman criticizes Finland for criminal case against Russian woman

12:28 21/09/2011

MOSCOW, September 21 - RAPSI. The Russian children rights commissioner said it is nonsense that Finnish authorities seek to try a case against a Russian woman who took her grandson from Finland.

The child stayed in Finland from 2006. His grandmother, who had lived in Finland for over 10 years, was assigned as his foster parent. Meanwhile, the woman took the boy to Russia in 2009 after the Finnish social authorities decided to take him due to the mental problems, Finnish human rights activist Johan Backman told RIA Novosti on Tuesday.

He also said that the woman may face a prison sentence in Finland.

"The child is a Russian citizen. So his grandmother was entitled to take him to Russia. In this regard, I think it is nonsense to prosecute a Russian citizen who took to Russia another citizen of this state," children rights commissioner Pavel Astakhov told RIA Novosti on Wednesday.

He also added that Finland refuses to establish a bilateral intergovernmental commission on family disputes.

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12:28 21/09/2011 The Russian children rights commissioner said it is nonsense that Finnish authorities seek to try a case against a Russian woman who took her grandson from Finland.
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