Children to return to Britain after mother wins court ruling in Russia

By Rosa Doherty, November 21, 2013
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London mother Rachel Neustadt has won a ruling to get her children back from Russia after they were abducted by their father.

A Moscow City Court ruled that her two sons Daniel and Jonathan had been illegally kept in Russia in breach of a UK High Court order and ordered they be flown home with their mother, according to the BBC.

The children’s father Ilya Neustadt took their children on holiday in December 2012 but never returned.

Mrs Neustadt said that he had ignored repeated requests from judges in England to return their sons.

In September, the Russian court told Mr Neustadt to return the two children. He lost an appeal against the decision on Wednesday.

Mrs Neustadt, who lives in Hendon, said that she was “delighted by the ruling” after campaigning for the last 11 months to bring her sons home.

Mr Neustadt has said he may appeal against the latest ruling.

He said: "We will finally reach some amicable solution based on compromises and not on possible actions that would be completely against the children's best interests."

Last updated: 10:19am, November 21 2013