U.S. ranch with Russian children sold, children's destiny unknown - Russian children's rights ombudsman

According to the information from the United States, the ranch in Montana where the U.S. orphanage Ranch for Kids used to be, which housed Russian children adopted by U.S. families, was sold, and the destiny of children is unknown, Russian children's rights commissioner Pavel Astakhov said.

According to the information from the United States, the ranch in Montana where the U.S. orphanage Ranch for Kids used to be, which housed Russian children adopted by U.S. families, was sold, and the destiny of children is unknown, Russian children's rights commissioner Pavel Astakhov said.

"The ranch owners did not make the decision to close down or to get a license. The former owner is now telling us that she sold the ranch. Here comes the question - the ranch owner is selling the ranch along with children or what? We want to get an answer for this question as well. What has happened with the children?" Astakhov said in an interview with Rossiya 24 (Russia 24) TV channel.

Astakhov said that he would be in the U.S. on June 26, where the final decision regarding the status of this children's enterprise, which did not have the license, would be made.

"The court was underway for now and the final decision will be known on June 26, when we will be in the U.S. I think that we will learn this decision," Astakhov said.

The key task during the trip is "to sort out each child individually," Astakhov said. "The task is to deal with the children. To understand how this is happening. How is it that their parents are writing one thing to us, through the agency, but they have actually given the children up to live there. It is necessary to handle each child and to handle them separately," Astakhov said.

The unclear status of the enterprise dealing with Russian children at the ranch complicates resolving the issue, Astakhov said.

It was reported on April 22 that Russian human rights commissioner Konstantin Dolgov tweeted that Moscow counted on the help of the U.S. State Department in organizing consular visit of Russian diplomats to the Ranch for Kids.

It has been reported that the Russian delegation could not access the Ranch for Kids in Montana where in particular Russian children, whom U.S. adoptive parents gave up, were kept. According to the information of Russian diplomats, children at the ranch faced problematic situations and cases of escape have occurred.

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