Russia’s “child commissar” is accused of forcibly deporting thousands of Ukrainian children across the border.
Maria Alekseevna Lvova-Belova, 38, faces one war crimes warrant for her arrest after she admitted to adopting a 15-year-old Mariupol boy himself in a TV appearance with Vladimir Putin.
Ms Lvova-Belova claimed to be the “rescuer” of Ukrainian children involved in Russia’s “special military operation”.
The invasion reportedly conceals a plan to deport Ukrainian children from areas occupied by Russian invading forces.
Last month’s video showed Putin approving the personal adoption by his children’s commissar Maria Lvova-Belova of a child from Mariupol, a city that has seen some of the most brutal fighting of the Ukraine war.
Nauseating: Children’s Ombudsman Maria Lvova-Belova greets children with hugs
The video may serve as evidence that the Kremlin allegedly wanted to turn Ukrainian children into Russians.
Ms. Lvova-Belova told Putin that such adoptions were possible only because of him.
Putin asked her, “Did you adopt a child from Mariupol?”
“I have, thanks to you, Vladimir Vladimirovich [Putin],’ she said.
‘No, he’s 15 years old. Now I know what it means to be the mother of a Donbas child.’
She said, “It’s complicated, but we love each other very much.”
Putin told her, “This is the most important thing.”
She replied, “Yes indeed. I believe we will overcome everything, don’t you think?’
He said, “Of course.”
According to Sky News, Ms Lvova-Belova was already the mother and guardian of 22 mostly adopted children.
She has been sanctioned by the US, Europe, UK, Canada and Australia so far.
She is also a member of the governing body of the pro-Kremlin United Russia party.
Last year, more than 22 exhausted boys and girls arrived in Siberia with name tags on their jackets, pom poms on their heads and stunned looks.
They were victims of a gruesome human trafficking operation run by the Kremlin, brutally snatched from the safety of their homes in Ukraine and flown thousands of miles to Siberia.
Maria Alekseyevna Lvova-Belova, 38, was accused of forcibly deporting thousands of Ukrainian children across the border while facing an arrest warrant for war crimes and admits to personally adopting a Ukrainian child
The telling video shows Putin approving the personal adoption of a 15-year-old child from Mariupol by his children’s commissar.
Maria Lvova-Belova, pictured, greets a child. She is part of the plan to deport thousands of Ukrainian babies to Russia where they are forcibly adopted
Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with Presidential Commissioner for Children’s Rights Maria Lvova-Belova at 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.
She also boasted in the Russian parliament about the success of their campaign.
She told a story of 30 children brought to Moscow after being “found in the cellars” of Mariupol, an important port city that was savagely battered by Russian forces before it fell in May.
The children, she said, “spoke negatively of the president [Putin]said all sorts of mean things, sang the national anthem of Ukraine and shouted “Glory to Ukraine”.
She added that after being handed over to families, their “negativity … turns into love for Russia.”
In a chilling social media post, Lvova-Belova said another 370 teenagers had been brought to Russia for language and history rehabilitation classes and said they say they are ready to go to the front lines.
70-year-old Vladimir Putin also appeared to have admitted for the first time that he personally has young offspring.
He was also charged with the “war crime of unlawful deportation” by kidnapping Ukrainian children and forcing them to Russia.
Putin reportedly has two adult daughters with his ex-wife Lyudmila – Dr. Maria Vorontsova, 37, a geneticist, a leading researcher at the National Medical Research Center for Endocrinology of the Ministry of Health of Russia and an expert on dwarfism, and Katerina Tikhonova, 36, a high-kicking rock’n’roll dancer turned mathematician, director general of the National Intellectual Development Foundation in Russia.
He also has a 20-year-old daughter Luiza Rozova, 20, with longtime lover Svetlana Krivonogikh, 48, who is now a co-owner of a major Russian bank and also a striptease nightclub and is one of Russia’s richest women.