YANA OSADCHA, UP ZHITTYA JOURNALIST
THURSDAY, 27 OCTOBER 2022
Maria Lvova-Belova, the Children's Rights Commissioner for the President of the Russian Federation, has "adopted" a Ukrainian child who was abducted from Mariupol.
She has also facilitated the illegal adoption of 350 orphans from Donbas.
"I saw my son when a group of 31 children were evacuated from Mariupol," Lvova-Belova said at a press conference, reports state-owned news outlet Russia Today.
Lvova-Belova previously claimed that 30 children from Mariupol who had been deported to Moscow Oblast during the full-scale invasion had apparently changed their anti-Russian views.
The "ombudswoman" has also noted that up to 2,000 orphans from social institutions have been taken to the Russian Federation, and 350 children from Donbas have already been placed with foster families in 16 oblasts of the Russian Federation. Another 1,000 children are set to be "adopted" in the near future.
Lvova-Belova said that information about Donbas children will be placed in the state information data bank, where it will become available to "adopting parents" and "guardians".
In August 2022, Russia announced the "adoption" of 1,000 children deported from Mariupol.