Reports alleging Russian citizen Karelina's kids taken from her in Finland not confirmed - Russian Foreign Ministry

The Russian Foreign Ministry has not confirmed that Finnish social services have taken away Russian citizen Svetlana Karelina's children.

"Media reports claiming that the children have been taken away by Finnish social services are not confirmed. S.V. Timonen assured embassy representatives that the children were staying at their father's home. Most probably, this is a family conflict. The father brought the children to Finland in November 2012 with the consent of S.V. Karelina. The mother said he had promised to bring them back but did not keep the promise," says a commentary of the Russian Foreign Ministry information and press department.

Moscow hopes the conflict will be resolved exclusively within the legal framework, with due account of the best interests of the children, the commentary said.

"The Russian Embassy in Finland has stayed in touch with Karelina and the children's father Russian citizen Sergei Timonen, who took permanent residence in Finland in 2011," the Russian Foreign Ministry stressed.

The Petrozavodsk City Court upheld on December 12, 2012, the request of Karelina to put the children into their mother's custody in Petrozavodsk. The court took note of Karelina's statement that said Timonen was holding the children in Finland.

Timonen appealed the decision to the Karelia Republic Supreme Court on January 15, 2013. The court will hear the appeal on January 25.

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