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Russian court orders return of children to England

First case to make use of the 1996 Hague Convention in Russia

A British-based mother, seeking the return of her two sons from Russia, where their father lives, has won a "landmark" ruling in the Russian courts.

Rachael Neustadt, an American living in London, claimed that her Russian former husband has been keeping her sons, aged 7 and 5, in breach of orders made by an English judge. the boys had gone to Russia to visit their father.

The Moscow City Appeal Court has now recognised a High Court order made in England in a ruling delivered on Wednesday.

Caroline Korah, a solicitor with Dawson Cornwell, who with Carolina Marin Pedreno acted for Ms Neustadt, said that following Russia's ratification of the Hague Convention on Jurisdiction, Applicable Law, Recognition, Enforcement and Co-operation in respect of Parental Responsibility and Measures for the Protection of Children 1996 in June 2013, an application was made in the Russian court for the boys' return. The UK acceded to the treaty in 2012. The boys are expected to be returned soon.

It is said that this case is the first to make use of the 1996 Hague Convention for child abduction in England as well as in Russia.

For more information, see the report in The Independent.