Sophia Mobely missing three years

Today is the third anniversary of the disappearance of Sophia Brielle Mobely. She was abducted by her non-custodial mother, Bogdana Alexandrovina Mobley, from Wichita, Kansas. They are believed to be in Russia with her sister born after the abduction, Isabella Rose Mobely.

Sophia Mobley

Isabella Mobley

Bogdana Mobley

Above are pictures of Sohpia, Isabella, and their mother. If you have any information as to her whereabouts, please contact either the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-THE-LOST or the Wichita Police Department at 316-268-4220. this!

89 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    Maria said,

    April 18, 2017 @ 9:20 am

    I understand why she stole them… Who wants to give her kid away??? If father was not so cruel he wouldn’t lose his kids. It’s terrible when man is taking your baby from you just because he is selfish or because he hates you. If man is really loves his kid who wouldn’t take it form the mother.

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    Melissa Mobley said,

    April 27, 2017 @ 12:48 pm

    Thank you for again featuring my step-daughter. She was taken to Russia by her mother in an attempt to control her soon to be ex-husband, Sophia’s father. Sophia’s father is a good man who loves his children very much. These poor girls have been used as a tool for Bogdana’s evil. One day when they are grown they will know the truth and this website will serve as one of the many avenues in which they will come to find this out.

    There was a temporary custody plan in place that Bogdana broke when she left. Her father was following it where both had “joint” custody of Sophia. Nobody was taking a child away until the mother fled the country. The mother has taken the child away from her father. A sin. God will sit in judgement of her even if no court will. Russia is not a part of the Hague Convention and the State Department has many other similar cases in which the US has little authority. Please pray for all the other children out there who have been abused and victimized in this way.

    We love you Sophia and Isabella!!!

  3. 3

    Leah said,

    October 16, 2017 @ 3:35 am

    Speaking of sins since you started this… is that a sin to sleep with married man whose wife is pregnant? Is it a sin to make money on public emotions stating you are collecting to “return kids home” while only thing you need is to fly there with mother, nobody prevented him from obtaining visa and flying. Oh, wait, it’s not only a sin but it’s also a fraud since you will not provide where they money you asked for were really spent. How about putting mother in jail and making children orphans? Do you care what they eat/where they sleep, are they in orphanage? Is that enough sins to get to hell for you? Sorry, I’m a Buddhist. So I’m pretty sure karma will get its way really fast and you will be left pregnant alone while he will take everything for you and bring in new chick. Read it after 2 years and don’t complain that nobody told you. Once a cheater is always a cheater.

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    Karl said,

    October 16, 2017 @ 4:47 pm

    I knew there was more to this story. No single woman who is 7 or 8 months pregnant would just up and travel to another country with a 1 year old in tow creating hardships and stress…unless she had no other options. Sounds like husband was reliable/didn’t care and the mother simply went home to her family in Russia in order to have the necessities of life when her 2nd child was born. No sane woman wants to be alone with an unreliable man and no support system in a foreign country. The father evidentally isn’t too alienated from his daughters in Russia and knows their whereabouts or he wouldn’t know the name, birth date, or have a current picture of the daughter born in Russia. By falsely claiming abduction he avoids all financial responsibilities for the two little girls. He and his new wife must think we’re stupid or something!

  5. 5

    Anna said,

    October 16, 2017 @ 6:17 pm

    Attention! Russian mother is detained in United States by American police and children remain not missing with family in Kaliningrad oblast!

    Sorry for articles in Russian only. Americans do not care to report the tragedy.

  6. 6

    Elia said,

    October 17, 2017 @ 12:05 am

    So we basically have another Victoria Innes Carrascosa type situation here. Mother is in jail in the United States while children remain abroad, in this case in Kaliningrad, Russia, and a foreign in this case Russian judge has decided the dual citizen children should remain abroad. This is essentially makes innocent children orphans. At least when the children were “abducted/missing” they had a parent with them to take care of them, but when uncompassionate courts impede the parent from being with the children then everyone loses especially the children. Unfortunately these cases are not all rare or unusual. It’s very saddening to think a supposedly loving and concerned parent would be vindictive enough to file a warrant and have their ex arrested at the expense of their children’s well-being. How’s this man going to ever explain to his daughters that he’s the reason they’re alone in Russia with relatives without a Daddy or Mommy?

  7. 7

    forthelost said,

    October 17, 2017 @ 12:18 am

    Mom going to Russia in the first place had nothing to do with it?

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    Elia said,

    October 17, 2017 @ 12:43 am

    Two wrongs don’t make a right. Too many parents do vindictive things to hurt the ex and end up hurting the children. It is better to be abroad with one parent than no parent at all. As long as both parents are free there is a parent to care for the children and always the option to arrange access formally or informally for the other parent. Dad at least got phone and Skype access while the Mom was in Russia with the children, but now that Mom is in jail in the United States, the children have no parental care or contact at all.

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    forthelost said,

    October 17, 2017 @ 12:46 am

    I agree parents do vindicitive things, like kidnapping their kids to other countries.

    She has the key to her cell in her own hands; all she has to do is return the kids to the US. If she’s willing to travel to Kansas on her own she can’t be that averse to being there.

  10. 10

    Elia said,

    October 17, 2017 @ 1:32 am

    Victoria Carrascosa’s mother was not and still is not free to return her to the United States, unless she wants trouble with her own Spanish authorities. Once it is an international matter it is not so simple to resolve. Kaliningrad courts have decided the children should stay in Russia even with relatives same as Victoria, which means now both parents have to travel to the children in Russia unless there is a reversal. The relatives don’t have the authority to bring the children to the United States. Don’t misunderstand I believe 100% both parents regardless of nationality should see their children, but I don’t think parents should allow their bickering to negatively impact the children. As to why the mother travelled to Kansas last month, well she does also have an older child a son I believe with her 1st husband which is another situation entirely. From what I understand Dad intentionally waited until he knew Mom would be in Kansas then had her detained to prevent her returning to their children in Russia. You cannot justify that level of vindictive cruelty. Is keeping her here in jail helping or harming the children? Is all of this public drama and bitterness promoting their best interests? Is it allowing them fair access to either of their parents, mind you that now Mom is in US jail father has 0 access to his children? I will not respond again, but this situation is incredibly sad and not about saving any children but rather about punishing an ex partner.

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    Celeste said,

    October 18, 2017 @ 3:32 pm

    Yes Sophia’s mother, like most non-custodial mothers, do things to be vindictive against the other partner.
    Here’s hoping that these children will be returned to the United States.

  12. 12

    Brian Mobley said,

    November 1, 2017 @ 10:50 pm

    It’s sad to see some jumping to the conclusions they have regarding this situation. My current wife and I did not start dating until after my divorce was final. Documents and events that transpired collaborate this fact. I never cheated on her. I was the abused in my marriage. I decided to end the abuse and get a divorce while continuing to support my children and provide her and the children a home, vehicle, and dollars. She refused to accept the divorce. The only leverage she had at that point was to take the children away from me. I have countless emails where she pleads with me to drop the divorce and she would return. I could not go back to an abusive marriage.

    If this was reversed and I was the woman on this end there would be nothing but compassion for my cause. How would you feel as a parent if your spouse did the same to you? Regardless of gender? Would you just give up getting your children back? Give in to countiess demands including money to see your children? It comes down to it that she has made this situation into what it has become. I had given her countless opportunities and offers over three years for her to return and we share custody. She refused. An offer as such was even filed with the courts to enable her return both financially and custodially. I would never deny my children their mother like she has done their father. All she has to do is have the children returned. They can have both parents in their lives. Her mother lives in tthe US along with her stepfather. She would not be here alone as you might think. Her first husband would also like to see his son and has also been deprived his parenting rights by Bogdana. He is a US citizen as well.

    Say a prayer that God will enter this womans heart and do the right thing…have her children be raised by their parents.

  13. 13

    Alex said,

    November 2, 2017 @ 11:40 pm

    @Brian Mobley, if your ex-wife was truly abusive then why didn’t you call the police and have the incidents documented and/or press domestic violence charges against her? Why did you wait until AFTER she absconded with the children to Russia whilst heavily pregnant to claim she was abusive? Of course your ex-wife is the assumed victim because she was pregnant and seemingly abandoned in a foreign country by her husband justifying her decision to return to Russia to her family. However if what you say is true, your ex-wife is a naturalised US citizen and her mother and stepfather are in the United States, who exactly have she and the children been living with in Russia for the past nearly 4 years and what prevented her from simply going to her parents’? I also find it rather strange that your ex-wife has an older American born child from her 1st husband, yet you are the only father to accuse her of domestic violence and vindictive international child abduction. While I sincerely hope you are soon reunited with your daughters in either the United States or Russia, I cannot say that I accept your explanation for your ex-wife’s abrupt flight to Russia.

  14. 14

    Nadejda said,

    December 6, 2017 @ 7:47 pm

    Melissa , just question, if you get the kids , how you will explain to them , you put they mom to jail. Do you think they will never find the truth ?
    Would you like your ex husband takes your kids a way from you , and put you to jail ?

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    forthelost said,

    December 6, 2017 @ 7:52 pm

    Does every mother get out of commiting a crime because it’d be too hard to explain to their kids they have to go to jail?

  16. 16

    Nadejda said,

    December 7, 2017 @ 9:28 am

    How it’s a crime , when pregnant women running a way from a wonderful husband ? Do you think she will run a way with 2 kids and been pregnant just because ?

  17. 17

    forthelost said,

    December 7, 2017 @ 11:50 am

    She kidnapped them. She was told to come back. She did not. A warrant was issued for her arrest. (And since Russia wouldn’t have extradited her, the only way she would be arrested would be to come back to the US.) If she’s so afraid of her ex, why come back to the exact same place he is?

  18. 18

    Nadejda said,

    December 7, 2017 @ 6:25 pm

    How is the mother can kidnapped her own children ?
    If mother is good to the kids , why she should not raise her children ? Would you give up your kids ? Be careful, karma is a b…. can catch up with you .

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    Nadejda said,

    December 7, 2017 @ 6:28 pm

    How is the mother can kidnapped her own children ?
    If mother is good to the kids , why she should not raise her children ? Would you give up your kids ? Be careful, karma is a b…. can catch up with you .
    It’s questionable all his fighting for this kids , why do he want them ? Why do he want to take a part brother with sisters ?

  20. 20

    forthelost said,

    December 7, 2017 @ 7:48 pm

    Would you be okay with your ex taking off to another country with your kids?

    Mothers can and do kidnap their kids. If there’s a custody order they ignore, a warrant can be issued for them.

  21. 21

    Nadejda said,

    December 9, 2017 @ 9:31 pm

    My husband will never do that , he has a brains , he realizes the kids need they mom , not stepmom , my husband loves his kids and he will never do anything to hert his kids , he will do the best in kids interest !!! Especially never take the kids a way from they mom !!! He know the kids need they mom !!!!

  22. 22

    forthelost said,

    December 9, 2017 @ 10:01 pm

    I’m pretty sure most people don’t think their ex will take off with the kids until it happens.

    If kids need moms, are kids whose moms die shortly after they’re born screwed?

  23. 23

    Nadejda said,

    December 19, 2017 @ 9:37 pm

    Why do you saying that ? Are she dying ? Were you get this information from ?

  24. 24

    forthelost said,

    December 19, 2017 @ 10:39 pm

    I meant that if the most important relationship is between mother and child, children whose mothers shortly after they are born must have a singular disadvantage in life.

  25. 25

    Nadejda said,

    December 19, 2017 @ 9:38 pm

    You are not afraid of karma at all ?

  26. 26

    Nadejda said,

    December 19, 2017 @ 9:38 pm

    You are not afraid of karma at all ? It’s can comeback very easily !!!

  27. 27

    forthelost said,

    December 19, 2017 @ 10:39 pm

    I don’t think karma exists. Rotten things happen sometimes; it’s the way of the world.

  28. 28

    Nadejda said,

    December 19, 2017 @ 11:21 pm

    Just wait and see!!! Cant wait for when karma will catch up with you!!!

  29. 29

    forthelost said,

    December 19, 2017 @ 11:38 pm

    I’ll pray for your mortal soul, then.

  30. 30

    Maria said,

    December 19, 2017 @ 11:34 pm

    1. How could you truly say that you LOVE someone you have never even met? Do you even believe yourself?

    – btw, you can say all you want – we all know the truth here!

    2. Realize, no one will love kids more than their parents. No one will replace their parents. What does it have to do with you, Melissa? Why are you trying so hard? If his dad loves them, he should by now realize the tragedy of the situation! And if he doesn’t, that is really sad((
    What are you wishing for? To raise somebody’s kids? Are you going to be a good mother? Will you be able not to differentiate between your kids and her kids???? Ask yourself all these questions and, what is more important, Give yourself a true answer!

    3. Lastly for now, what are you going to say to the girls if something really happens to their mother, while she is dragged through jails? There is no valid answer you will be able to find. You may get away with it while the girls are young, but when they get older they will figure it out, believe me!!!

  31. 31

    forthelost said,

    December 19, 2017 @ 11:38 pm

    “How could you truly say that you LOVE someone you have never even met? Do you even believe yourself?”

    You must be an atheist, then.

    “Lastly for now, what are you going to say to the girls if something really happens to their mother, while she is dragged through jails?”

    Not a defense.

  32. 32

    forthelost said,

    December 20, 2017 @ 12:07 am

    “Realize, no one will love kids more than their parents. No one will replace their parents.”

    Parents can love their kids all they want, but that doesn’t mean they’re allowed to do whatever they want because of that. It’s also not a defense. (Using that logic, mom should never re-marry because no one should replace their dad, and does that matter?)

    “What are you wishing for?”

    Maybe she sees her husband is upset because he can’t see his children and has one he’s literally never met because their mother kidnapped them?

    “Will you be able not to differentiate between your kids and her kids????”

    Are parents not allowed to re-marry after divorce or death? (Are you opposed to adoption as well?)

  33. 33

    Maria said,

    December 19, 2017 @ 11:43 pm

    Good answer to avoid the real ones:)

  34. 34

    Maria said,

    December 19, 2017 @ 11:45 pm

    I am glad you did not mention the second point. You must be asking yourself all those questions! Do you like your answers so far????

  35. 35

    Lisa said,

    December 20, 2017 @ 12:31 am

    When your kids will be taken away from you because youre bitting them and your husband is sexually harrasing people , i will ask you how do you think your girls are doing without you, living with a stranger woman they never seen in their life, who they hate with a passion. You are bad bad woman and you know that. God will punish you for all you that you do dont even doubt that. You wont always be happy . Karma will come to you kid abuser

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    Maria said,

    December 20, 2017 @ 12:49 am

    I am no trying to defense – I am stating some facts. And you should consider thinking about what I said. Or if you already did – re-think)

    I am telling you – you will not be able to give those girls as much love as their mother gives them or you give to your own kids, no matter how hard you try! It’s a fact!

    Also, do you have enough money to support 6 kids? Do you have a well-paid job? As far as I am concerned, neither you or your husband do.

    So, think twice before you adopt the girls!!!
    And lastly now – Are you going to adopt their brother too? Or your God is telling you it is ok to separate him from his sisters?

    Stop convincing yourself that everything you did and doing now is approved by God;)

    Advise: put Bogdana’s shoes on yourself and imagine what would you do.

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    forthelost said,

    December 20, 2017 @ 12:51 am

    You understand I ain’t the stepmother, right? That I’m just a person who’s against parental kidnapping? And my only children are my cats and dog? Whom I can afford to support, but that’s really not the issue.

  38. 38

    Maria said,

    December 20, 2017 @ 1:02 am

    I see:) why did you bother replying then? Just for fun???

    I hope you understood, that all the messages are for Melissa. Please, pass it along to her.
    Good night

  39. 39

    forthelost said,

    December 20, 2017 @ 1:12 am

    Because this is my blog? And I can comment on whatever I like?

  40. 40

    Luisa said,

    December 20, 2017 @ 11:02 am

    OMG! Lady are you insaine? It’s you who should be in jail and your husband for bulling his ex-wife and sleeping with her husband while she was pregnant with his second child. No women would leave her men if he was a good men, of course she was scared of him and run to Russia, I bet he was bitting her as well. You and your husband will answer for all of these to God. And trust me it’s just a matter of time and you will be in her situation cause if he did it to her, he will do it to you. Pray to God now for forgivnase cause if something happen to his ex-wife, God will find both!

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    I_Care said,

    December 20, 2017 @ 1:36 pm

    I am so sick to my stomach after reading all the exsuses and reasons for your actions. How is that possible in the right mind to think that all that is going on right now to the kids and Bogdana is the right thing to do? How the father of the girls and his current wife (who only knows one side of the story and of course it’s the pretty one) think and justify that putting the kids’ mother in jail intentionally does any good for the kids? How can you justify this is “doing the best for the girls”? You intentionally put Bogdana, 3 kids and relatives through hell just to look like a kind carying people! You are saying the kids are missing…how so? We all know that father knew that the girls were safe and well taken care of by their mother, he knew where they lived and Skyped with them periodically! How are they missing? She ran away from such loving and carying husband for a reason, she did what she thought was right thing to do to provide safety for her kids and herself, even with those reason she made sure girls knew their father and communicated on a regular basis. Bogdana is the most selfless, loving and carying mother I know. She made sure that the oldest son continues the passion for sport no matter what, attended great school, girls had the best childhood and care, loving relatives and support. How can you justify that you did everything to ruin their life’s and kds future? What’s the excuse for tradegy that Bogdana, kids and relatives are going through now? How can you live with yourself after all? Are you happy now? Whats the plan now? To take kids from the environment they live in and feel comfortable in to live with ppl they barely know? Are you planning to separate girls from the brother and ruin their life’s even more? What can you, as a stranger give them? Can you provide to the family of 8? Do you understand and take full responsibility for your actions and their lifes based on your actions and words you are saying? How can you look them in the eyes after all? How can you live with yourself after all you have done and said? Stop it all before greater tradegy happens and regrets, will be too late. This is disgusting!

  42. 42

    forthelost said,

    December 20, 2017 @ 1:42 pm

    The family doesn’t have a say in putting her in jail. If you’re charged with something, it’s the system’s decision to prosecute.

    Why did she return to the US if life was so much better in Russia?

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    Kristina said,

    December 20, 2017 @ 2:53 pm

    Most likely she was not aware of the seriousness of the situation, I’m sure her ex-husband didn’t disclose that he filed the kidnapping charges or tricked her in some way to get her back to the country. If she knew about those charges there’s no way she would’ve came back and risk it all. Her ex-husband is one unbelievable douchebag, claiming he was in an abusive marriage, yeah 5ft tall tiny girl was definitely abusing an ex military man.

  44. 44

    forthelost said,

    December 20, 2017 @ 2:55 pm

    I know for a fact she knew about the charges since she wrote me to complain about me mentioning them.

  45. 45

    Luisa said,

    December 20, 2017 @ 11:26 pm

    I really hope with all my hurt that Bogdana will be better and return to her children. I cannot even imaging the pain her children are fling through now because they might lose her mother forever. Their tears is your fault and you will answer for it. You put your ego first and forgot that it’s all about children’s happiness. Your husband is selfish man who just wanted to show off, and he really doesn’t care about their happiness and does not care about them at all, otherwise, he would never in his life report them kidnepping. I don’t know how you want to live with all 3 of her children who all their life will hate you and him for what you’ve done to them.

  46. 46

    forthelost said,

    December 21, 2017 @ 12:43 am

    Yeah, how silly that he didn’t think not seeing his children in person again ever was a perfectly reasonable thing.

  47. 47

    Nikkie said,

    December 21, 2017 @ 6:16 pm

    After the girls will come to US you guys are screwed. 6-7 kids in the house. 2 of them will be taken from their mom and friends and relatives into totally different environment . They will never love you. You will get tired of them and eventually will regret of going through all of this to bring them. They will never forgive you for putting their mommy to jail. They will never be peacefully living with your kids in the same house. You will realize of what you have done ( destroyed their lives) , here will be so much drama in the house that your husband will start cheating on you with younger girl with no kids. He will just run away from you leaving you will all these kids. You think you will be married to him forever? Lol you are crazy, I heard there been people saying you are abusing your kids and social services needs to be notified , I hope this people will report on you and sexual abuser idiot hhsband

  48. 48

    Nikkie said,

    December 21, 2017 @ 6:22 pm

    She removed the comment someone said they beat their kids and husband sexually assaulted some a woman , I hope people will report them , I heard they are bad people and their kids needs to be taken away by social services , hope it will really happen ,

  49. 49

    forthelost said,

    December 21, 2017 @ 7:53 pm

    I’ve removed zero comments here.

    If this is true, call the police; don’t complain about it on a blog.

  50. 50

    forthelost said,

    December 21, 2017 @ 7:54 pm

    And while I technically should remove both of your comments, because they break my commenting rules, I’m leaving them up just so people can see how people can be when attacking a left-behind parent, especially when they are male.

  51. 51

    Nadejda said,

    December 22, 2017 @ 12:28 am

    Ha ha ha , poor military male been attacked so badly )))
    How he still survived from all this attacks )))

  52. 52

    forthelost said,

    December 22, 2017 @ 12:30 am

    I’m not male.

    Are you actually making a domestic violence joke?

  53. 53

    Nadejda said,

    December 24, 2017 @ 8:57 pm

    You read your comment , then may be you will understand

  54. 54

    forthelost said,

    December 24, 2017 @ 9:08 pm

    Good, since you clearly can’t say the same.

  55. 55

    Josie said,

    December 24, 2017 @ 8:57 pm

    Abuse can come in many forms. She can certainly have been the abuser in their relationship. Threats to him via falsely reporting sexual assault is one. Another, control, slapping, hitting, spitting…all of which would not be easily reported/believed. If she was the one abused why didn’t she file for divorce? Why did he? She was here in US for over 10 years…it was her home. She only fled to try and convince him to drop divorce. He was her source of income and way of life. It’s been reported that she only came back to file for full custody so she can demand child support. The Judge then issued a bench warrant for her blatant disrespect to his order for her to return the children. Even if she gets out of federal custody she will be turned over to the county and held for as long as the judge wants.

    She has the keys to her own freedom and the ability to see her children. Most of these Abduction cases are resolved without jail time once the children are returned. Yes she would likely be under supervised visitation for a time but once she proves herself trustworthy again then she would then have a shared custody arrangement. The longer she drags this out the worse it will be for her, the children, and their father.

  56. 56

    Celeste said,

    January 10, 2018 @ 10:13 pm


    What you’re not understanding is that Brian can’t drop/create charges even if he wanted to. That’s up to the police to decide if the charges can stick.

  57. 57

    We want the truth said,

    January 11, 2018 @ 2:52 am

    Brian had two police reports filed against him (one on August 3, 2013, for rape, and one on December 5, 2013, for domestic violence). Tell us, Brian, who was an abuser?! You should think what to tell to your daughters in the future…if they will want to know who really their father is…but I doubt…, after all you have done.

  58. 58

    We want the truth said,

    January 11, 2018 @ 3:00 am

    Brian had two police reports filed against him (one on August 3, 2013, for rape, and one on December 5, 2013, for domestic violence). Tell us, Brian, who was an abuser?! You should think what to tell to your daughters in the future…if they will want to know who really their father is…but I doubt.

  59. 59 said,

    February 12, 2018 @ 8:21 pm

    I hope that Bogdana will safely return to HER children. Mellissa you’re worse than the scum on the bottom of my shoes. All I have to say to you is..KARMA! Someone should set up a gofundme page for this poor woman, Bogdana, and her family and most importantly the children!!!

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    forthelost said,

    February 12, 2018 @ 10:17 pm

    Once again, this is a perfect example of what the defenders of parental abductors say.

  61. 61 said,

    February 12, 2018 @ 8:28 pm

    Also, the stupidest thing he could have done is take the one parent they had away from them!! Russia will NEVER order the woman to return her own children. Now they will be stuck there forever, while she will be here in jail. All while Melissa over here tries to play Brady bunch. Stupid C***!!!

  62. 62

    Celeste said,

    February 16, 2018 @ 8:17 pm

    Um, they’re as much his children as they are hers.

  63. 63

    Marina said,

    February 16, 2018 @ 10:03 pm

    Stay out of it for once, Celeste Keenan! We’re sick of you meddling in cases you know nothing about as you’re God Almighty! Piss off back to your basement and get a life! No man, American or otherwise of any race, would even look at you twice let alone have a child with you, so you have no idea how a mother thinks. Tell me, what do you know about European and Russian women that allows you to judge? You’re probably also a racist who is jealous of even colored women in addition to being xenophobic. You disgust me pathetic troll!

  64. 64

    forthelost said,

    February 16, 2018 @ 11:40 pm

    This implies you are personally related to or know the individuals in question.

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    Celeste said,

    February 17, 2018 @ 4:00 pm

    I’ll say what I want Marina. If you don’t like it then that’s just too bad. And I’m not judging anything. In fact, Marina what you view as “judging” I view as a parent who illegally detains her children in Russia and refuses to return them to her/his rightful custodial parent in her/his rightful country of origin just to spite the other parent. And Xenophobia refers to people who hate Muslim people and I don’t hate Muslim people.
    So who’s the troll? I see you as the troll. Because I don’t see you really adding anything to help.

  66. 66

    forthelost said,

    February 17, 2018 @ 5:36 pm

    Xenophobia is the hatred of foreigners.

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    A Rational Voice said,

    February 25, 2018 @ 11:27 am

    There is obviously a lot more to this case than has been told to the public as usual with these situations especially when the children are dual citizens and/or there are allegations of abuse. The best thing we the public ie those who are not close friends and relatives of the involved parties can do is keep our mouths shut and opinions to ourselves until both sides of the story are known. Unfortunately Americans have the terrible habit of forum shopping and misguided “good doers” such as Celeste Keenan and Forthelost unknowingly circulate erroneous information which does nothing but harm the innocent children involved. We must remember that other countries have laws and non Americans also have rights, therefore we cannot arrogantly assert that Americans are always right.

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    forthelost said,

    February 25, 2018 @ 11:34 am

    What erroneous information am I circulating?

    How is it supporting forum shopping when I say that the issue of custody should be decided where the parents met, had a child, and were separated?

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    A Rational Voice said,

    February 25, 2018 @ 12:01 pm

    Once again a child with dual citizenship has the alienable right to protection from two countries. Maybe one country has not protected them

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    forthelost said,

    February 25, 2018 @ 1:09 pm

    And maybe that country is Russia.

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    A Rational Voice said,

    February 25, 2018 @ 6:24 pm

    Without the whole story and from a decidedly American perspective, who are you to make that call? We weren’t in the relationship or courts in either country. We have only ONE side or a single PIECE of a whole story from the perspective of a fellow American.

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    forthelost said,

    February 25, 2018 @ 6:28 pm

    One voice from America and a bunch of people from Russia calling that voice unflattering names.

    If this had been resolved in the US before going anywhere else, we’d hear nothing about it.

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    A Rational Voice said,

    February 25, 2018 @ 6:43 pm

    The US isn’t always the final authority in cases in which children have parents of differing nationalities. These are very complicated matters and at times the best interests of the children take a back seat in our broken family court system even when both parents are Americans. I am not justifying the Russian woman any more than the American man, because as I have said repeatedly the whole story is not known to the general public. I DO see something wrong with an obviously incomplete story being widely circulated to recruit more opionated strangers to the pro-American bandwagon. The Russian side is admittedly less organized, but it makes their angle no less credible. It is impossible for you or I to say one way or the other since we don’t know these people very personally, so we shouldn’t be involved.

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    forthelost said,

    February 25, 2018 @ 6:47 pm

    At the time the parents didn’t have children of different nationalities, since Mom had become a naturalized citizen.

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    A Rational Voice said,

    February 25, 2018 @ 7:22 pm

    Mother didn’t give up her Russian citizenship, therefore she passed it on to her children, and the case was presented to courts in Russia due to this fact. Mother still has a side, there remains another side to this story centered on Russia, and without ALL pieces including this element it is impossible to have a complete picture. The opinions of outsiders who have been selectively informed does nothing except ultimately harm innocent children who suffer from all of this toxic publicity.

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    forthelost said,

    February 25, 2018 @ 10:08 pm

    You can’t be a dual citizen of the United States and another place. You have to give up your old citizenship. (This is why my uncle isn’t a citizen; he doesn’t want to stop being a Finn.)

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    A Lurker said,

    February 26, 2018 @ 2:00 pm

    That is not true that the United States requires foreign nationals who apply for U.S. citizenship to renounce their birth citizenship. As for foreign nationals having to renounce their birth citizenship because they decide to acquire U.S. citizenship it’s because their birth countries don’t allow their nationals to have dual citizenship but many countries have changed their policies towards dual citizenship in the past twenty years such as Finland.

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    A Rational Voice said,

    February 27, 2018 @ 12:40 pm

    I believe Forthelost is simply grasping at straws now in an attempt to justify her early judgement and circulation of an incomplete story. This exactly illustrates my main point that one sided articles are harmful and do nothing except recruit misinformed often self-righteous strangers to the bandwagon. Forum shopping and trial by internet must end!

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    forthelost said,

    February 27, 2018 @ 4:07 pm

    You still have yet to point out anything in the case file that is factually incorrect.

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