A key political ally of Vladimir Putin, Sergei Mironov, adopted a child taken from a Ukrainian orphanage. This follows from documents published by the BBC Panorama program.
The records show that the girl’s identity was changed in Russia. The child, originally named Margarita, was one of 48 children who went missing from a local orphanage when Russian forces took control of the city of Kherson.
According to the BBC, Margarita is among about 20,000 children the Ukrainian government says have been abducted by Russian forces since the beginning of the invasion. Finding lost children in such a vast territory as Russia is not an easy task. The British BBC website, in cooperation with Viktoria Novikova, a Ukrainian human rights investigator, tried to do this for five months.
Earlier this year, the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued an arrest warrant for President Vladimir Putin and his Children’s Rights Commissioner Maria Lvova-Bělova for the alleged illegal deportation of Ukrainian children to Russian-controlled territory. The Russian government says it is not deporting Ukrainian children but evacuating them to protect them from war.