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Olga Pimanova

Olga Pimanova

Chicago, Ill. — On May 20, 2016, Russian Federation citizen Olga Pimanova’s life changed forever. Olga traveled to Chicago to complete an MBA exam to receive her degree in business administration management.
Upon her arrival at O’Hare Airport, Pimanova, 30, was kidnapped by a couple of Cook County Sheriff’s deputies, handcuffed, taken into custody, tied up and imprisoned due to a local court order. The initial charge was indirect civil contempt
Pimanova’s former husband, Jorge Castillo, accuses her of kidnapping her own child.  She has informed her attorneys that she was tortured and thrown into a crowded cell with hard core criminals, where she became unconscious.  
A couple of years ago, she brought her daughter, Arianna, who was born in Russia, and is a Federation citizen, to the United States for a complicated surgery.  During that time she met Jorge Castillo, whom she subsequently married.  He filed for a divorce to which they both agreed one year later after which she returned to Russia with her daughter, Arianna.
The Illinois court is demanding the return of Arianna to the United States. However, according to Russian officials, the child is not under the jurisdiction of the United States.  Additionally Russian Federation Public Law prohibits American adoptions of Russian children due to the proliferation of human trafficking in the States.
Olga is being charged with kidnapping due to her husband’s claim of being the child’s father, a complaint of which she was never notified. After several days in jail, Federation officials were able to negotiate her release to house arrest. However, she cannot go home because she is being threatened with an additional prison term of seven years.
According to Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, a circuit court in Chicago on June 6 released Pimanova from house arrest but ordered her to surrender her Russian passport and remain in the country until a decision is made in her clash with her ex-husband over her 3-year-old daughter, said her lawyer Fedor Kozlov.
Russian children’s rights ombudsman Pavel Astakhov said after the June 6 ruling releasing Pimanova from house arrest that he would work with the Russian Foreign Ministry and its embassy in Washington to erase any challenges to her custody of the child. “A Russian girl cannot be handed over to the United States,” he said.
I have called both my senators and my state representative to request that they ask for her to be released. Perhaps our reading audience can do the same so that Olga can go home.  
Arianna is currently residing with her grandmother in Russia, asking every day where her mother is.
Sources include: rt.com/news, rferi.org, sputniknews.com, rushincrash.com, and whatdoesitmean.com.
C.R.
Olga Pimanova, her daughter Arianna, and Jorge Castillo. (Photo from whatdoesitmean.com)

Olga Pimanova, her daughter Arianna, and Jorge Castillo. (Photo from whatdoesitmean.com)


Russian children's rights ombudsman Pavel Astakhov has accused U.S. authorities of holding Russian citizen Olga Pimanova “hostage.” (RFE/RL photo)

Russian children’s rights ombudsman Pavel Astakhov has accused U.S. authorities of holding Russian citizen Olga Pimanova “hostage.” (RFE/RL photo)

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