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Russia and Cyprus cooperating against parental abduction

Russia has agreed to cooperate with Cyprus in connection to parental abductions that have seen children taken away from the island without their Cypriot parent’s consent, Justice Minister Ionas Nicolaou has revealed.

Speaking after a Thursday meeting with the Deputy Minister of Justice of the Russian Federation Maksim Travnikov, Nicolaou noted this was very delicate matter.

He added that efforts were concentrated on at least ensuring parents in Cyprus were at least able to stay in contact with children their estranged partners had taken to Russia without their consent.

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Nicolaou said he had provided Travnikov with details of a number of cases. Phileleftheros on Friday reported that these cases involved two Cypriot mothers.

Parental abductions came back into the spotlight through Marie Eleni Grimsrud – the young girl who was snatched by her estranged father in Nicosia earlier this year and who is still missing.

Courts in Norway recently recognise her being taken as an abduction,  seen by legal experts as a blow to the efforts of her father – 49-year-old Leif Torkel Grimsrud – to take her legally back to Norway.

Four-year-old Marie was abducted on April 27 as her mother, 43-year-old Greek Cypriot Lena Ioannou, was dropping her off at nursery in Nicosia. Police say the father had orchestrated the abduction and an international arrest warrant is out against him.

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