Chechen family seeks asylum in Poland after fleeing Denmark

A regional court in the city of Biała Podlaska in eastern Poland has ruled that 38-year-old Chechen woman by the name of Zalina Adzjeva who fled Denmark with her 5 children will continue to enjoy parental rights.

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Ms Adzjeva decided to leave Denmark after the Danish social care services moved her children to foster families in the wake of a divorce suit.

Together with her husband Artur Dombaev, Zalina Azjeva had been living, working and raising five children in Denmark for many years. The family also received an asylum-seeker status. However, in later-2017, a conflict broke out between her and Mr Dombaev and soon Ms Azjeva brought a divorce lawsuit that drew the attention of Danish social care services.

“In July 2019, Danish authorities, namely the child and youth bureau Borne-Ungeforvaltningen, decided to move all of the 5 children to 3 separate foster families without stripping their parents of their parental rights. The children’s parents refused to comply and decided to take them away from Denmark. The mother’s intention was to get to Chechnya via Poland,” said the family’s attorney Babken Khanzadyan.

As a result, now 15-year-old Muslim, 14-year-old Elina, 11-year-old Malik, 10-year-old Mansur and 3-year-old Sofia have been put by the Danish authorities on the Schengen Information System (SIS) list of missing people. That helped the Polish Border Guard to stop her during a border-crossing attempt. By force of a court ruling, the children were put under a foster family’s care but Ms Azjeva’s attorney called for an amendment to that decision so that his client’s parental rights may be fully restored.

And it was on Thursday that the Regional Court in Biała Podlaska ruled that the children would remain under the custody of her parents. “Full parental rights were restored. This is yet another time that a Polish court defended a family and its fundamental rights and kept it together,” said Mr Khanzadyan.

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The case of Lisov

It is not the first case when the Polish state defended children and their parent’s parental rights. In April, Denis Lisov and his three daughters − Sophia (12), Seraphina (6) and Alissa (4), were detained by the Polish Border Guard in Warsaw, as the man was wanted by a European Arrest Warrant (EAW). They had arrived in Poland from Sweden by ferry, fleeing from Swedish social care services that put the daughters in the custody of a Muslim immigrant foster family. Mr Lisov and his daughters wanted to get to Russia via Poland. The Border Guards handed them over to the police. Thanks to the help of his attorneys Babken Khanzadyan and Bartosz Lewandowski, Mr Lisov was allowed by the Polish authorities to fly to Russia where he was not wanted.