• Love & justice: Russian family reunited by Polish court decision after

    From Zexon@21:1/5 to All on Sat Apr 6 19:10:48 2019
    A Russian father, who fled with his three daughters to Poland, going
    against Swedish social services which put the children in a Muslim
    foster family, finally received justice as a Polish court allowed the
    girls to stay with him.

    On Wednesday a Polish court decision, ruling that Swedish social
    services had violated an EU convention that forbids placing children in
    foreign cultural environments, ended a forced separation of a father and
    his daughters who are 12, 6 and 4 years old.
    Denis Lisov, who came to Sweden seven years ago, learned that social
    services decided to take away his three daughters and place them in a
    Muslim foster family after his wife was admitted to a hospital with
    mental illness. The services decided that Denis, who wasn’t officially employed at the time, couldn’t take proper care of the girls.

    Though Lisov's family formally retained custody of the children, the
    father only had the right to see them six hours a week.

    According to his lawyer, the family was given no opportunities to defend
    their rights and the girls didn’t want to stay in a foster family. One
    of the main problems was that the children came from a Christian family
    and found it difficult to abide by the rules of the Muslim household.
    After a year apart Denis Lisov took desperate measures to leave Sweden
    for Russia with his daughters. However, the family was stopped in Warsaw
    by Polish authorities as Sweden reported the girls missing. Through the intervention of Russian diplomats and lawyers, the children were not
    sent back to Sweden, and the case was handed to the courts.

    “The children have a very strong bond with the father, and when I talked
    to them they told me that they want to stay with him,” Judge Janeta Seliga-Kaczmarek said, as quoted by Swedish media. The court also
    decided that the father had to stay in Poland until his refugee status
    was granted.

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