U.S. Mom Who Sent Back Russian Boy Sues Ombudsman

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TOMILINO. April 13. KAZINFORM  Russian children's rights ombudsman Pavel Astakhov said on Thursday a lawsuit had been filed against him by an American woman who sent her adopted son back to Russia.

According to RIA Novosti,  Torry Hansen filed a lawsuit in Moscow's Savelovsky Court, seeking retraction of a November 24, 2011 article in the Rossiiskaya Gazeta government daily. She also demands punitive damages.

"The essence of the lawsuit is that I call Hansen an adoptive mother, while she wants me to call her Artyom Savelyev's former adoptive mother," Astakhov said.

"I'm glad a lawsuit was filed by Torry Hansen against me and the Rossiiskaya Gazeta. I'll gladly meet her and request that she visits Russia and the court," he added.

Hansen was living in Tennessee in April 2010 when she put Artyom Savelyev, then 7, on a flight back to his native Russia unaccompanied, with a note saying she did not want him because he was "psychotic."

Astakhov said that the Russian side would seek child support payments from the U.S. woman, according to the March 8 U.S. court ruling.

"We will try to make her pay the cost of Artyom's support, nothing more," he said.

According to the child ombudsman's estimates, the boy's stay in a group home costs 42,000 rubles per month (over $1,400), not including psychological treatment costing 27,000 rubles (over $900) per month.

 

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