In the last weeks, Denis Lisov, a Russian man who fled to Poland from Sweden to rescue his childrenm gained infamy. The Swedish child services took his children and gave them to a Muslim foster family, practically isolating the father from contacts with them.
What he did, in the words of the Swedish authorities is that he “kidnapped” his own children, got on the ferry to Poland and tried to get on a flight to Moscow from Warsaw Airport. The Swedish authorities pursued him and even ordered his arrest, but Poland shut down such “juvenile” external terror on its territory. A Polish court decided to allow the children to remain with the father and provided asylum to the family.
For the Russian Lisovs, who linked their future with a ‘rich and socially safe’ Sweden, staying in this country was not a carefree paradise, but turned into a deep trauma.
A Russian father who had his three daughters taken away from him and placed with a Muslim foster family by Swedish social services took his daughters back and fled to Poland where he's now been given refuge. https://t.co/gQ5mACfgaR
— Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) April 6, 2019
While Denis (by profession a railroad worker) was engaged in formalities related to the legalization of the family’s stay in Sweden, fate brought down the first blow on the Lisovs. Denis’ wife developed a mental disorder with suspicions of schizophrenia. The second blow was even more severe. The Swedish authorities, using as a pretext the fact that Denis could not start working yet, and his wife needed treatment, immediately took their three daughters (12-year-old Sophia, 6-year-old Serafina and 4-year-old Alisa) and gave them to be raised by a Muslim family. This happened in September 2017.
The mechanism of the “substitute family” that also exists in Poland is reduced to the fact that the child lives with “substitute parents” who receive money from the authorities for the child’s guardianship, care and education. Some sources even describe this policy as one of the tools to provide financial aid to migrant families.
The Swedish authorities allowed Denis to see his children for 6 hours once a week, for their own “good.” In addition, the “new family” lived 400 km from the father, which practically made these meetings impossible. The girls complained about the “too entertaining way of life of their Arab guardians” and, of course, the barriers of a religious and cultural nature.
In the end, the father could not stand such mockery of himself and his children, and during one of these meetings he took the children and went straight to the ferry traveling to Poland. Then from the Warsaw airport, the family intended to fly to Moscow. But, the Swedish authorities chased after them. And entered them into the information system of the border control of the Schengen zone. In this situation, the Polish border guards were forced to detain them during passport control at the Warsaw airport.
However, the Swedes’ triumph proved premature: the Polish court refused to extradite the Russian citizens to Sweden. Representatives of the Polish authorities suggested to Lisov that asking for asylum as a refugee would legally classify his place of residence as Poland and cover the whole family with a system of legal protection from the Polish state. True, the Swedes did not surrender even after this defeat, issuing in absentia a warrant for the arrest Lisov, but in Poland he was not in danger of anything.
One Polish outlet commented on the situation colorfully:
“We did not give this family to the hands of the Swedish fascists.”
The history of the Lisovs’ family is the first such spectacular example of the benevolence of the Polish authorities towards Russia, but not their first step in defending traditional universal and national values. In the European Union, as opposed to the “civilization” of the West with the erosion of the role of the family and the traditional upbringing of children, in particular in favor of expanding the rights of various sexual and immigrant minorities, Poland becomes an oasis of tradition, whose conservatism is often neglected by the Brussels bureaucrats.
A policy that is in sharp contrast with the “civilization”, which imposes on everyone around the idea that the family is not the most important thing for a child, in its upbringing and development, was started by officials in Warsaw, after the National Conservative Party “Law and Justice” came to power .
Mechanisms of the aforementioned anti-family terror operate all across Scandinavia: in Norway, many parents, including the Norwegians themselves, tremble at the word Barnevernet – this is the Norwegian authority for children’s affairs, the sinister counterpart of the German Jugendamt.
Norway has brought “political correctness” to the utmost absurdity: a heightened tone in relation to the child, not to mention an innocent slap, is estimated as disrespect for it and a manifestation of mental aggression. On the other hand, hugging, kissing and other tenderness towards a child are classified as elements of sexual violence. In all these cases, the gallant Barnevernet hurries to “rescue” the child, often simply taking the children away from their parents.
When the number of Poles looking for a better life in Norway reached 100 thousand people and they became the largest national minority in this 5-million country, their contacts with the “children saviors” from Barnevernet also became traumatic.
Against this background, even a real diplomatic war broke out: for helping the Poles, as well as other immigrants in Norway, including Russians, in their battles with Barnevernet, the Norwegian authorities in February declared the Polish consul Slawomir Kowalski as persona non grata. The Norwegians wanted to demonstrate their determination to protect the “authority” of Barnevernet, and caused a diplomatic escalation, although they could have just waited until the end of the consul’s stay in Norway (and it expires in June 2019). Moreover, the “authority” of the Norwegian officials could not be saved: the video of the latest intervention of the consul was public, where the policemen accompanying the Barnevernet officials who take away Polish children are seen and heard. They turn to the consul, who reminded them of their rights and diplomatic status, in the style of “get out of here, or you will be kicked out.”
In response, Warsaw sent a Norwegian diplomat home in response, Polish authorities awarded Consul Kowalski with the medal “For Services to Justice”, and Poland’s popularity as a safe haven for persecuted families reached Norway. Things reached the point that Norwegian Silje Garmo requested asylum in Poland because of the threat that Norway would take her child. And she was granted the asylum.
In another story, a Bulgarian father is also fighting for his children by the Norwegian authorities. Tchavdar Georgiev is struggling to keep his children, who are to be given to a foster family.
After a 12-year marriage with a Norwegian woman, Tchavdar left and his wife separated, and agreed to share raising of their children equally. But in early 2018, his wife was arrested, Georgiev took the children to Bulgaria to take care of them.
They occasionally visited the two children’s grandparents in Norway and the Barnevernet contacted him, claiming that he hadn’t created an environment “Norwegian enough” for them.
In the words of Yordanka Bekirska, Georgiev’s lawyer, in Norway “the mother, father and the social system have equal authority over the child. But if the father is a foreigner, he’s beneath the system.” Meaning that the Norwegian authorities are attempting to take his children away and provide them to a foster family, since the environment in Bulgaria is not “Norwegian enough” and the children will not develop to their presumed full potential.
These developments are another demonstration of the developing split of Europe into a neo-liberal, pro-migrant part and the remains of the “original Europe”. Poland and Hungary became the core states resisting to the expansion of neo-liberal policies.