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The case about the submachine gunners’ attack is closed. The Pilgrim has won the victory!

02 June

Two adolescents from Krivoi Rig whom they tried to take from the Mariupol children’s center “Pilgrim” on force in January were finally officially given back to their adoptive father. The official guardianship is restored and the children can be back to the family.

On April 23rd in the city of Krivoi Rig the trial court took place that issued the resolution to cancel the decision of city executive committee about the deprival of Albert Khomyak of his right of foster parent of two adolescents – Nicolay and Maxim. The boys suffered in the process of showdown between the foster father and the city authorities of Krivoi Rig.

The foster father Albert encouraged his sons as much as he could for them not to get discouraged and not to give up. The guys were interviewed by Mariupol and central Ukrainian TV channels desperately trying to prove that the worst for them is to get back to the boarding school after several years of safe life in the family.

The President of the fund “Pilgrim” Gennadiy Mokhnenko stated that by the law he has right to render the help to the children who addressed to him for shelter. That day the children were not given to the representatives of the police of Krivoi Rig and the submachine gunners invaded the Pilgrim.

There were hard working days ahead, some more attacks of the police of Krivoi Rig, court trials and ultimately – happy end – the resolution of the court about the restoration of foster rights over Nicolai and Max.

After the decision of the court of Krivoi Rig the local city authorities had a month to appeal the court, and they did it. But later, they withdrew the claim. Albert Khomyak can finally take from the court the longsuffering resolution about his restoration in foster rights.

However not everything got as smooth as it seems. In Krivoi Rig some officials still oppose Albert and what is why Max and Nicolai with their foster parents are going to move to Mariupol at least for a year in order not to be persecuted in their home town.

 

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