Russia’s ‘children’s commissioner’ has been accused of forcibly deporting thousands of Ukrainian children across the border and faces an arrest warrant for war crimes.
Maria Alekseyevna Lvova-Belova, 38, was caught admitting to adopting a 15-year-old boy from Mariupol in a televised conversation with Vladimir Putin.
Ms Lvova-Belova claimed to be the ‘savior’ of Ukrainian children caught up in Russia’s ‘special military operation’.
But it allegedly hides a plan to deport Ukrainian children from the territories occupied by the invading Russian forces; she even adopted a 15-year-old boy herself who was videotaped and broadcast on state television.
In the significant video, which was shown on television last month, Putin is seen approving the personal adoption of a child from Mariupol, a city destroyed during the Russian invasion, by children’s commissioner Maria Lvova-Belova.
Disgusting: Children’s Ombudsman Maria Lvova-Belova greets children with soft toys
The video, filmed almost a month ago, may act as evidence of the Kremlin’s attempt to turn Ukrainian children into Russians, as it tells Putin that such adoptions were only possible because of him.
Putin asks: ‘Have you adopted a child from Mariupol?’
‘I have, thanks to you, Vladimir Vladimirovich [Putin],’ she said.
‘No, he is 15 years old. Now I know what it means to be the mother of a child from Donbas.
She said: ‘It’s complicated, but we love each other very much.’
Putin told him: ‘This is the key.’
She replied: ‘Yes, indeed. I think we’ll get through it all, don’t you?
He assured her: ‘Of course.’
Ms Lvova-Belova was already the mother and guardian of 22 children, mostly adopted, according to Sky News.
So far it has been sanctioned by the United States, Europe, the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia.
He is also a member of the governing body of the pro-Kremlin United Russia party.
Last year, more than 22 exhausted-looking boys and girls arrived in Siberia wearing nametags on their coats, hats with pom-poms on their heads and puzzled looks on their faces.
They were the victims of a horrific Kremlin-run human smuggling operation, cruelly torn from the safety of their homes in the Ukraine and flown thousands of miles to Siberia.
Maria Alekseyevna Lvova-Belova, 38, was charged with forcibly deporting thousands of Ukrainian children across the border while facing an arrest warrant for war crimes and admitting to personally adopting a Ukrainian child.
In the significant video, Putin is seen approving his children’s commissioner’s personal adoption of a 15-year-old boy from Mariupol.
Maria Lvova-Belovab, pictured, greets a child. She is part of the plan to deport thousands of Ukrainian babies and children to Russia, where they are put up for forced adoption.
Russian President Vladimir Putin meets Presidential Commissioner for Children’s Rights Maria Lvova-Belova in the Kremlin in March.
There, they were handed over to Russian families as human spoils of war, while being filmed: innocent pawns in Vladimir Putin’s propaganda campaign.
He also bragged in the Russian parliament about the success of his campaign. She told a story of 30 children brought to Moscow after being “found in the cellars” of Mariupol, a key port hit hard by Russian forces before its fall in May.
The children, he said, ‘spoke negatively of the president [Putin]he said all sorts of nasty things, sang the Ukrainian anthem and shouted ‘Glory to Ukraine’.
But after they were handed over to local families, including a 16-year-old boy who was adopted by the Ombudsman herself, their ‘negativity’. . . becomes love for Russia,’ she boasted.
In a chilling social media post, Lvova-Belova said a further 370 teenagers had been brought to Russia for “rehabilitation” including daily language and history lessons, and now “they say they are ready to go to the front lines”.
Vladimir Putin, 70, also seemed to have admitted for the first time that he personally has young offspring.
He is also charged with the ‘war crime of illegal deportation’ of kidnapping Ukrainian children and forcing them into Russia.
Putin has two adult daughters with his ex-wife Lyudmila: Dr. Maria Vorontsova, 37, a geneticist, a leading researcher at the Russian Health Ministry’s National Medical Research Center for Endocrinology and an expert on dwarfism, and Katerina Tikhonova, 36 , a ‘rock’n’roll’ dancer turned mathematician, director general of the National Foundation for Intellectual Development in Russia.
He also has a 20-year-old daughter, Luiza Rozova, 20, with her mistress Svetlana Krivonogikh, 48, who is now co-owner of a major Russian bank and also a strip club, and one of Russia’s richest women.