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Russian mother allowed to see her son in Norway for $10,000

17.04.2012  |  14:01

A court in Norway, which deprived Irina Bergseth of her five-year-old son, has allowed the Russian woman to see her child once a year

A court in Norway, which deprived Irina Bergseth of her five-year-old son, has allowed the Russian woman to see her child once a year. However, Irina will have to pay 300,000 rubles ($10,000) for that. The boy currently lives with his father, a Norwegian citizen, whom Irina accused of pedophilic activities against their common child. Irina received the award of the Nedre Romerike Court in Aurskog Holand community of the Kingdom of Norway, where she had been deprived of her parental rights.

The award came on April 10th, 2012. For the first time in the history of relations between Russia and Norway, judge Ingrid Smedsrud declined the right to the Commissioner for Children's Rights for the President of the Russian Federation, Pavel Astakhov, and lawyer Victoria Danilchenko to act as witnesses on the part of the Russian woman. The court only listened to special investigator of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation and to Russia's Consul in Oslo. The Russian officials presented the evidence obtained during investigation, which Russia started in the autumn of 2011.

According to them, Norwegian citizen Kurt Bergseth, the father of Irina's son, Mikhail, was practicing pedophilic activities with children. All the documents and evidence about pedophilia, which the Russian side presented, disappeared from the materials of the case. They did not appear in the Norwegian court ruling either. The Norwegian court eventually ruled Irina's son should live with his father.

The Russian woman was allowed to see the son once a year in the presence of officials from child protection services. The court also ruled that the Russian woman would have to pay 300,000 rubles (nearly $10,000) for that. Irina was also denied the right to take the child out of Norway. An appeal at a court of higher instance in Norway costs 1.5 million rubles ($50,000). "I am a Russian, and I want to live with my children in Russia. Is it a crime? - Irina said.

- As a matter of fact it is judge Ingrid Smedsrud who kidnapped my son in Norway, not vice versa. She also deprived me of parental rights just because I live in Russia. This document from the Norwegian court clearly shows that sex slavery, in which my five-year-old son has found himself, is absolutely legal in Norway." In April 2011, Irina Bergseth addressed to Pravda.Ru for help. The woman said that she married a Norwegian man in 2005 and moved to Norway together with her son from the first marriage.

In 2007, the couple became parents to another boy, Mikhail. However, the spouses broke up in several months. The boy would see his father on a regular basis.

About a year ago, he told his mother that he had pain in his genitals. The boy also said that it was his father who caused him that pain. Expert Larisa Sazanovich examined the child and came to conclusion that the boy could be subjected to sex violence. However, the Norwegian police found no evidence to prove that the man was a child molester. Irina's elder son Alexander (a Russian citizen) and young son Mikhail were delivered to foster families.

Irina and Alexander had to escape to Poland, from where they could return home to Russia freely. However, her younger son, who only holds the Norwegian citizenship, continues to stay in Norway..



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