Moscow hopes Kiev not to use protests at parliament for escalation in DonbassRussian Politics & Diplomacy October 18, 19:52
Russian journalist and TV host Ksenia Sobchak says she plans to run for presidentRussian Politics & Diplomacy October 18, 19:08
Mariinsky ballet troupe waltzes across America captivating US audiencesSociety & Culture October 18, 18:51
Gazprom says more than half of Power of Siberia pipeline readyBusiness & Economy October 18, 18:23
Ukraine's special forces storming tent camp outside parliamentWorld October 18, 18:18
Vibrant colors of Moscow's autumnSociety & Culture October 18, 18:16
Baltic Fleet ships enter North SeaMilitary & Defense October 18, 18:05
Russia not eyeing branding US media outlets undesirable organizations — prosecutorRussian Politics & Diplomacy October 18, 17:39
Russian and Swiss researchers to explore burial mound in SiberiaSociety & Culture October 18, 17:08
HELSINKI, December 8 (Itar-Tass) —— The four children of Russian Anastasia Zavgorodnyaya and her husband, a Finnish citizen of Sudanese origin, are taken to a Finnish foster family, Finnish human rights activist Johan Backman told Itar-Tass on Saturday.
Explaining that the Finnish legislation has no notion "depriving of parents' rights", but has "taking away for guardianship" and "urgent taking away" from a family, he said that the children were removed by the social services of the city of Vantaa from the family because the woman allegedly refused to cooperate with social workers in accordance with the rehabilitation plan worked out for the family. All the four children are taken away, including the baby who was born in September, he said.
The Finnish social services have given no official comments, as there is a non-disclosure requirement in the local legislation.
According to the human rights activist, Zavgorodnyaya even in the difficult situation still has chances to return her children. It will be very difficult. It may take several years to return the children, but she must try, he believes.
The Finnish law allows biological parents to see their children in a foster family, but not often and under rather hard conditions for children and parents.
Russian presidential commissioner for children's rights Pavel Astakhov reported earlier that Finnish social services decided to deprive Anastasia Zavgorodnyaya and her husband of the guardianship right, remove their children from the family and hand them over to foster parents.
The scandal around Zavgorodnyaya's family has been continuing since September 2012 when the social services in the city of Vantaa took her four children away, including her newborn baby. The parents were suspected of home violence. Thanks to the help of diplomats, the Russian woman could again be together with her children.