Russian authorities "to protect Russian mothers, whose rights violated abroad"

The Russian authorities will continue to assert rights of Russian mothers and their children, whose rights are violated abroad, Russian children's rights commissioner Pavel Astakhov said.

The Russian authorities will continue to assert rights of Russian mothers and their children, whose rights are violated abroad, Russian children's rights commissioner Pavel Astakhov said.

"All state agencies of Russia are oriented on providing help to our citizens, who found themselves in a difficult situation abroad. And we will continue consistently and persistently to assert rights of Russian mothers and children, to search for judicial and legal mechanisms to resolve issues in order not to allow groundless destruction of a family," Astakhov's press office quoted him as saying on the official website.

It has been reported that a group of Finnish citizens had written an open letter to Astakhov asking the Russian authorities to file a class action suit against Finland due to consistent violations of children and their parents' rights.

"Asserting rights of Finnish citizens is a priority of their country, however we will study this appeal and will provide consultative help," Astakhov said.

Under the Russian president's order, Astakhov in association with representatives of the Russian Foreign and Educations Ministries will hold a Russian-Finnish seminar for experts of the two countries. Special attention will be paid to issues of cooperation between the Russian and Finnish social services, firstly regarding the observance of rights of children, parents and family.

Astakhov is scheduled to visit to Finland with a working visit in October as well.

"It is necessary to draw the attention of the Finnish social services once again to the unacceptability of using excessive measures, such as taking children away and terminating parental rights, on Russian families living in Finland as well as mixed Russian-Finnish families," Astakhov said.

It has been reported that Russian citizens Rimma Salonen, Svetlana Karelina, Anastasia Zavgorodnyaya, Irina Bergset and others had had issues with children being taken away from the families in Finland.

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