Dana, a Russian-American mother of three, was sentenced in Kansas District Court to 7 years in prison, plus three more years under surveillance in the U.S. Currently her children remain in Russia with her family.
Dana's trial was unfair and biased, as Dana’s affirmative defense for taking her children to Russia was sabotaged by the judge’s ruling that prohibited evidence of physical, emotional, sexual and financial abuse by her ex from getting to the jury.
The incredible irony here is that the prosecutor charged Dana with extortion, while simultaneously extorting her via the children. She was offered a deal if she agreed to return the children to her ex. The family court often uses the complicit criminal justice system to keep a father in control after divorce.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Representative Ron Estes are still trying to compel Russia to return the children to the father. This kind of State involvement has never, and would never, occur if it were a mother trying to get her children back from a father who had taken children to his native country.
It is not likely a coincidence that this sentence is long enough to ensure Dana will miss her children’s entire childhoods. This is the ultimate punishment for a woman who dares challenge the father’s authority.
Previous Facebook post with more info about Dana’s case:
Mom Convicted: Facing 43 Years in Prison
News coverage in Russia:
NOTE: TWC is not linking to U.S. mainstream media coverage because it is not objective; they do not tell Dana's side of the story.
[Pictured: Dana and children about 5 years ago]
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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.