Dana, a Russian-American citizen, was found guilty for “abduction” and “extortion” last week in a Kansas federal court. In two months she will be sentenced to up to 43 years in prison.
Dana has two months to decide whether to sit in prison for 43 years or agree to her children being given to their violent, abusive father.
Dana has already been in prison for nearly two years, ever since she returned from Russia without her children, believing there would be a fair hearing on her case in Family Court, but instead, she was arrested and incarcerated by the feds.
Dana was not given a fair criminal trial. The judge did not allow the jury to hear her affirmative defense: the evidence of the father’s violence she left behind. He permitted the belated addition of two bogus extortion charges, increasing the sentencing range from 3 to 43 years. This was obviously done to increase the pressure exponentially on Dana to agree to give custody of her children to their abusive father. And jury selection was rigged, with only 3 women chosen.
Normally it is the county D.A. who colludes with family court judges and criminally punishes women for daring to challenge male authority in the family by leaving with children. But this case is in federal court, since it is an international case.
The fact that even federal officials collude with family court judges to punish errant women is further proof that the cause of the crisis is entrenched paternal entitlement, which is enforced by all systems relating to custody of children.
Dana, a Russian-American living in Kansas, had fled to Russia in 2014 with her older son from a previous marriage and her baby daughter. She was also pregnant with her second child by her abusive husband when she ran. Dana immediately filed for divorce in Russia and was granted sole custody of her children, but her ex was also granted sole custody in Kansas.
Dana and her children were safe and happy in Russia, but she was tricked into returning to the U.S. in 2017. Dana was told that if she returned, she would be afforded a fair hearing, but instead she was arrested and incarcerated.
Dana has reportedly been subjected to torturous treatment in prison including being forcibly medicated with anti-psychotic drugs, which made her very ill. This terrible treatment was apparently done as part of a ploy to get her to break and agree to her children returning from Russia and given to her ex.
Dana has not broken yet, but 43 years is a long time to be wrongly imprisoned. The irony is that she is being imprisoned for extortion, when she is the one being extorted for her children.
Please comment in support of Dana.
“We lived in constant fear and stress…My mother saved me and my sisters from a domestic abuser...Please help…return our mother to us.”
- Ian, Dana’s son [see his videos linked below]
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TWC NOTE: Women must wake up to the reality that men still control us through our children and must demand a new system in which the old boys, and those who do their bidding, do not have the power to take our children.
The "Child Custody Act" codes for a new system in which children’s physical and emotional well-being is ensured.
NOTE: This case has gotten media attention both in Kansas and Russia, but, as usual, they have left out the facts that show why Dana left. So they will not be linked to here.
3/16/2019 06:10:32 pm
This is Disgraceful! All children Need their Loving Mamas! That abusive ex needs to be incarcerated!! Justice for this Beautiful Mom and her precious babies !! 💞
3/16/2019 09:25:49 pm
I just don't get it? How does this continue to go on in civilized societies? Do women and children have no value or worth in this crappy world? It would seem so. Very sad story, indeed. This poor woman and her children's lives will be ruined due to male entitlement.
3/17/2019 12:51:08 am
I am fleeing domestic sexual emotional physical and financial abuse. My husband is using The Hague treaty against me.
3/17/2019 06:11:16 am
It is it is worth checking your laws. In some countries such as Australia judges in the family court routinely hand children to abusive fathers. Fleeing is counterproductive as child safety is not a consideration once a parent has fled. The children are handed to the other parent and the fleeing parent risks being jailed.
3/17/2019 10:46:58 am
Some one file a Brady violation on the court now . No due process was allowed .
3/17/2019 01:34:39 pm
Family court is there to destroy a family and bring misery and poverty.
3/17/2019 02:21:59 pm
This is a travesty of Justice. Please allow this mother to have her children.
Adelaide De Souza
3/17/2019 08:07:14 pm
I don't know who is really saying the truth, but i do believe that she or any woman would never take the decision to turn back to her own country again taking the two kids with her without any reason and I do believe that this decision has a lot to do with her ex partner. I'm signing this petition because I wish the best mainly for the children but also for her. Any children deserve to have none of his parents on a jail and definitely not for 43 years.
4/5/2019 11:27:02 pm
Justice in the name of Jesus
4/10/2019 11:36:58 am
Kids need a Mother!
5/11/2019 11:09:43 am
8/19/2019 06:43:34 am
What is happening to this Mother is exactly what they wanted.
8/19/2019 07:26:14 am
The Fathers who do this to the Mothers have no heart. There is nothing worse you could do to a child than to deprive him of his Mother. One day we will know to call this legal abuse, in which the legal system has been co-opted by one person to harm their partner and children. They should call the men Darth Vaders. Only law is granted this kind of immunity and training to lie and cheat and abuse a woman. The horror of a single Mom standing alone against the entire United States of America! I, too, was lied against and had my children taken from me.
8/19/2019 10:59:00 am
ONE MORE CRIME UNDER HAGUE CONVENTION! SOME MORE CHILDREN DISTROYED.....
8/20/2019 04:35:09 am
This is not fair she a victim and shouldn't put in jail for protection her innocent kids from her abusive partner and he should be put in jail his violent and they protect him that not fair and she should be with her kids they need they mum to protect them and love them and this is so sad because my mum and I survivor domestic violence and my dad was violent and abusive to my mum and i and he didn't go to jail and he deserve to go jail . Dana has the rights and deserve justice and to be free
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Cindy Dumas, M.A. has been researching, writing, and raising awareness about the Custody Crisis since 2003, when she was unable to protect her children from their abusive father. She fled into hiding when Family Court failed her and was tricked into returning home, when her children were given to their abusive father.