MOSCOW, September 10 - RAPSI. The Moscow Savyolovsky District Court refused to satisfy the defamation lawsuit by Torry Ann Hansen, the former U.S. foster mother of Artyom Savelyev, against Russian Children's Rights Commissioner Pavel Astakhov, Astakhov told RIA Novosti on Monday.
"A ruling was passed dismissing Torry Ann Hansen's claims against Rossiyskaya Gazeta, and the children's rights commissioner," he said. "Some 50,000 rubles ($1,580) in legal fees will be recovered from her."
On April 8, 2010, Hansen sent her seven-year-old foster son Artyom Savelyev back to Russia alone, with a note stating that she refused to care for him any longer as he was mentally unstable.
The boy was sent back to Russia only half a year after he was adopted.
Artyom had spent his first few years in the Maritime Territory with his mother. When she was deprived of her parental rights, he was taken to live in a children's home.
The cause of the legal dispute was an article titled, "Artyom Savelyev's Foster Mother Does Not Come to Court to Testify," which was published in February on Astakhov's official website.
"In the article, Hansen was named as the boy's foster mother, although in fact she had not been his foster mother for nine months. Thus, Astakhov made a veiled accusation against her of violating Russian law," Maria Yarmush, the plaintiff's representative, said.