The applicants were a husband and wife, both Russian nationals, who lived in a village in the Moscow Region. Having lost their biological son to a severe illness in 2000, the couple adopted two small children (a boy and a girl) in March 2008. On March 20 the following year, the boy was badly burnt and taken to hospital, where the staff suspected child abuse at the hands of the parents, from whom the children were then removed just over a week later. The couple’s adoption of the children was subsequently revoked. In November 2010, Ms Ageyeva was convicted of charges relating to the child abuse and sentenced to twenty months of correctional work.
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