Orphaned children are taken by families as an income source or for sexual abuse

“Unfortunately, the fast growth of the number of those willing to adopt a child to raise in their families is often due to the interest in receiving a steady income; for some foster parents this is the only way to earn their living,” the Senior Assistant to the Investigative Committee Director said during a Federation Council round table discussion on the problems of adopted children.

One should distinguish between actual adopting families where children are adopted by the parents vs. “professional”, or “foster”, families where orphaned children are accommodated under a contract between children protective services and the foster parents. Parental organizations campaign against the advance of this “contractual parenting” practice, which is part of the system of forced foster care. They demand a prioritized support to birth families and families with adopted children.

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Radicals threaten to disrupt the Odessa international film festival

Sergei Sternenko, the ex-commander of the Odessa Right Sector (organization banned inRussia ), said that „Vika Tigipko, the president of the Odessa International Film Festival (OIFF), believes that there is a civil war in Ukraine,“ commenting on her statement in which she linked the difficulties in inviting foreign filmmakers and stars to the festival with the civil war that is going on in Ukraine.

Sternenko demanded OIFF to replace the “separatist“ Tigipko, otherwise the entire event would “come to a nasty end.”

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Russian naval fleet destroyed extremists’ armament depots

Russian Admiral Essen and Admiral Grigorovich frigates, and the Krasnodar submarine struck Islamists from the eastern waters of the Mediterranean Sea. Altogether, six cruise Kalibr missiles were launched. The submarine launched the missiles from the submerged position. As a result militants’ ammunition depots and command points were destroyed. Both Israel and Turkey, as countries neighboring Syria, were informed about the missile strike.

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Mass media: UAE controls the network of prisons in Yemen where inmates are tortured

According to the agency, the Pentagon informed that the USA military took part in interrogations of prisoners, however, refused to recognize their participation in tortures.

Experts said that the USA is the key ally of the UAE and could have infringed the International Convention against Torture by being complicit in tortures committed by a third party.

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DPR: Ukrainian army continues to shell villages and towns of the Republic

he Ukrainian army is active on the Donetsk part of the front. The Chervonogvardeysky district of Makeevka and the villages of Spartak, Trudovskiye, and Aleksandrovka came under Ukrainian artillery’s fire. Around 10 objects of civil infrastructure were damaged. In the night, power lines transmitting electric power to the pumping station of the South Donbass water pipeline were damaged as a result of the shelling of Vasilevka. Emergency power system was used to supply the pumping station with electric power. The restoration works are being conducted. Trench combat using artillery and mortars was underway in the areas of the “Yasinovataya” checkpoint and of the former Donetsk airport. Ukrainian reconnaissance drone was spotted in the skies over Yasinovataya.

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