Finnish court to hear appeal from Russian mother on her child custody

A court in Finland will consider on Friday an appeal from Russian national Rimma Salonen to restore custody of her seven-year-old son, Anton, a lawyer said.
Anton has been at the center of a Russian-Finnish child custody dispute after his parents divorced and his mother took him back to Russia.
In 2009, his Finnish father Paavo Salonen illegally took him from Russia to Finland with the help of a Finnish diplomat.
Last November a Finnish court announced its decision to deny temporary custody to Rimma Salonen.
The lawyer said the authorities of Finland permit Rimma to see her son only twice a month and deny that Anton has a Russian citizenship.
The child’s father was charged in Russia in 2009 with illegally taking Anton, who has both Finnish and Russian citizenship, to Finland.
His moth…

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