Russians stealing Ukrainian children is not news. What is new, however, is just how brazen they are about it, putting the information on a website (since taken down, as that would be admitting to a war crime), but still offering cash awards for Russian families willing to adopt a stolen Ukrainian child. And the cash award goes up if: “The one-time payment offered by the state is significantly higher when adopting a disabled child, a child over 7 years old, or adopting brothers or sisters simultaneously, at 156,428.66 rubles ($2,614.77).” As the ISW notes, “The forcible transfer of children from one group to another “with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group” is a violation of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide.”
And sick as f*ck.
Russia forcibly resettled more than 1,000 Ukrainian children from the occupied Mariupol region to be adopted by Russian families—a move that amounts to genocide, a U.S. think tank said Wednesday.
The Institute for the Study of War (ISW) cited a now-deleted Russian government post that showed that Russia is bringing Ukrainian children to the country and paying Russian families to adopt them.
An archived version of the Russian federal subject (region) Krasnodar Krai’s Family and Childhood Administration post details a program under which Russian authorities transferred over 1,000 children from Mariupol to Tyumen, Irkutsk, Kemerovo and Altay Krai.
The regional government stated in its post that over 300 children are still waiting to “meet their new families” and that citizens who decide to adopt these children will be given a one-time payment by the state under federal law.
“More than 300 babies are temporarily kept in specialized institutions of the Krasnodar Territory and are looking forward to meeting their new families,” the post said.
According to the post, the “allowance” is assigned to each adopted child. It notes that from February this year—the month Russia’s war against Ukraine began— the lump sum allowance for each adopted child is 20,472.77 rubles ($342).
The one-time payment offered by the state is significantly higher when adopting a disabled child, a child over 7 years old, or adopting brothers or sisters simultaneously, at 156,428.66 rubles ($2,614.77).