High Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation Tatiana Moskalkova sent an appeal to Ombudsman of the Lombardy region Mr. Carlo Lio in defense of the rights of Russian citizen Ekaterina Galakhova, who suffered from domestic violence by an Italian citizen. Italian guardianship authorities are currently preparing to entrust the daughter of the injured woman to be raised by him.
MR. CARLO LIO,
THE OMBUDSMAN OF THE LOMBARDY REGION
Dear Mr. Lio,
Please accept the assurances of my highest consideration.
Let me address you with a purely humanitarian issue. This is in reference to a citizen of the Russian Federation Ms. Yekaterina A. Galakhova, born on April 23,1974, who resides permanently in Italy (the city of Como, Lombardy). The Italian guardianship and custodianship authorities have removed her daughter and are going to foster out a child to the
In 2004, Ms. Galakhova entered into a marriage with an Italian citizen Mr. Sgro Roberto, born on December 17,1968. by whom she failed to become pregnant for six years due to the officially established reason for Mr. Roberto’s infertility. After a business trip to the Russian Federation Ms. Galakhova found out that she got pregnant. Their daughter Julia was born by mutual consent of the spouses in Italy in 2010. However, six months after the daughter’s birth, Mr. Roberto had dramatically changed. It was expressed in rudeness, insults and systematic beatings of his wife for two years. When inflicting regular beatings, Mr. Roberto broke Ms. Galakhova’s fingers. She was also diagnosed with a moderate concussion of intermediate severity as well as physical exhaustion. After complaining to the police Ms. Galakhova with her daughter was relocated to the
Ms. Galakhova and her daughter were living in the secret house for a year, but she agreed to come back to her official spouse’s apartment for peaceful solution of the situation for the sake of her daughter following persistent and convincing persuasion. Ms. Galakhova withdrew her claim from the police and signed an agreement with Mr. Roberto. Since the concluded agreement was in Italian (she cannot speak Italian, she speaks English with her husband), she did not know that by signing that agreement the criminal investigation against Mr. Roberto was terminated. Hereupon, the violence towards her from her husband continued.
For fear of being beaten Ms. Galakhova decided to move with her daughter to another place in the same town, but, unfortunately, she did not inform the guardianship and custodianship authorities about her decision.
Mr. Roberto filed a report with the police over the abduction of the child. A few days after the guardianship and custodianship authorities removed the daughter from her mother and fostered her out to Mr. Roberto and his elderly mother. By the court order he was officially offered to adopt Julia.
The fact that Mr. Roberto initiated a psychological examination of Ms. Galakhova, that was conducted in Italian, makes the situation more complicated. This examination detected that Ms. Galakhova suffered from a personality disorder. However, after that, Ms. Galakhova underwent an independent psychological examination and, according to the conclusion of psychiatrists, she had no psychopathologies.
Taking into account the aforesaid, I kindly ask you, dear Mr. Lio, within the framework of your mandate to draw the attention of the judicial and guardianship authorities of the Lombardy region to the necessity for a child to be brought up with her own loving mother and to provide possible assistance in the returning of Ms. Galakhova with her daughter Julia to the territory of the Russian Federation.
I would be grateful to be informed about the measures taken to resolve this issue.
I express my confidence in the further development of our cooperation in the name of protecting the rights and ensuring the
High Commissioner for Human Rights
in the Russian Federation Tatiana Moskalkova