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Norwegian authorities return child to Russian family

November 01, 2014, 16:44 UTC+3 MOSCOW
The child was returned, but the family for some time will be under control of Norway’s social services, aide to Russia’s children’s ombudsman told
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MOSCOW, November 1. /TASS/. Norway’s authorities have return a Russian girl of six to her family, aide to Russia’s children’s ombudsman Pavel Astakhov, Renat Abdeyev, told TASS on Saturday.

“The child was returned, but the family for some time will be under control of Norway’s social services,” the aide said.

“Alarming news came from Norway yesterday: yesterday night the Child Welfare Service and the police came to the house of Russian citizens and took their six year old daughter,” he wrote. It is “another Russian” girl taken from a Russian family, the ombudsman wrote earlier on Saturday.

“The alarming information makes us act more actively in protection of our children and families abroad,” Astakhov said in Twitter.

“On November 12, the ombudsman will be on a working visit to Minsk /Belarus/, where he will have a meeting with the UN Secretary General’s special representative for children and will discuss the issue of the Russian families in Norway, which were deprived of their children. Among other cases, he will discuss the latest case, where on Friday the Norwegian authorities took a six year-old girl from a family,” the aide said.

The children’s ombudsman has already discussed with the Russian Ambassador to Norway Vyacheslav Pavlovsky the alarming situation around Russian families, which are being deprived of children for no good reasons.

By force and without presenting any documents the Norwegian authorities took a six year old girl from a Russian family, coordinator of the Russian Mothers movement Irina Bergset told TASS on Saturday.

“Representatives of Norway’s social service rushed into the house of a Russian family and took a girl of six, without presenting any documents to the parents. The only thing we have managed to learn is that they state the reason of taking as “grotesque”. This could be a tooth, like in the earlier case with the Russian boy or an innocent slap from a parent,” she said.

The children’s ombudsman says the Russian Federation continues watching the situation and will not abide by the circumstances.

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