Media: Young man abducted from Mariupol, who was served with a summons in Russia, taken to Belarus
Ukrainian teenager Bohdan Yermokhin, who was promised to be returned to his homeland after being served with a summons in Russia, left the territory of the aggressor country. But for now, he is staying in Belarus with his cousin, who is his guardian.
This was reported by the Russian-language publication Verstka, which operates abroad and covers what is happening in Russia, although it is blocked there. The information was confirmed by the boy's Ukrainian lawyer Kateryna Bobrovska.
It should be noted that orphan Bohdan Yermokhin was forcibly taken from Mariupol by the Russian occupiers in 2022 to the Russian Federation, where a Russian family took "custody" of him. He has repeatedly expressed pro-Ukrainian views and in early 2023 tried to flee the Russian Federation, but Russian security forces detained him at the border.
Earlier this month, the Ukrainian was served with a summons to appear before a Russian military commissariat. A few days later, human rights activist Bobrovska recorded a video appeal to President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, asking him to help the young man return home. After that, the children's "ombudsman" in the Russian Federation, Maria Lvova-Belova, who has been issued an order by the International Criminal Court, announced that the teenager's return to Ukraine had been "agreed upon."
In particular, the Russian authorities promised to take Yermokhin to a "third country" to meet with a relative before he came of age (by November 19). However, on November 13, Bohdan wrote on social media that he had not been told the date and details of the upcoming trip.
"Give me an answer or any information about this," he demanded.
The teenager records rap under the pseudonym Dispo, and in early November he appeared on the poster of a charity rap concert in Ukraine in support of the Armed Forces. It is noted that the organizers allegedly confirmed that they are waiting for the teenager, but "everything depends not only on them, but also on the other side."
Maria Lvova-Belova, who is involved in the abduction of children by Russia in the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine, said that the aggressor country "helped the boy to reunite with his cousin."
As OBOZ.UA reported earlier, according to the Yale School of Public Health, since February 2022, Russia has taken 2400 children aged 6-17 from Ukraine to 13 institutions in Belarus. The occupiers abducted Ukrainian children from at least 17 cities in the temporarily occupied territories.