Surrogate-born US babies ‘rescued’ from Russian orphanage

A US organization has “rescued” two babies carried by a surrogate mother from eastern Ukraine and born in Russia after the war began, from a Russian orphanage. Like the organization Project Dynamo announced on Wednesday, the twins, a boy and a girl, were born on Tuesday in St. Petersburg reunited with their parents.

Die Organisation war 2021 in Tampa in the US state Florida founded by former military personnel to help evacuate US allies after the chaotic troop withdrawal from Afghanistan. In order to bring the two babies to their parents, the organization has now become active in Russia for the first time.

The surrogate mother is from eastern Ukraine Donbass, which has been partially occupied by pro-Russian separatists since 2014. After the start of the Russian war of aggression, the woman fled first to Russia’s annexed Crimea and then to St. Petersburg, where she reportedly gave birth to the twins in early September.

Unclear how babies taken from orphanage

The babies were taken to an orphanage after birth. The parents, an unnamed couple from Texas, initially tried in vain to bring the children to them. They eventually contacted Project Dynamo and one of the organization’s co-founders, Bryan Stern,traveled to Estonia to be in town Narva to prepare an evacuation action at the Russian border.

The organization did not detail in its statement how the babies were taken out of the orphanage. However, the children were not kidnapped, but evacuated with the help of Estonian “contact persons”. Stern thanked the US embassies in Moscow and Tallinn, but gave no details. When asked what kind of support the embassies had provided, a spokesman for the organization simply said they “played a role”.

That too US Department of State declined to comment. The process is known, said a spokesman. “For privacy reasons, we will not comment further at the moment.”

Children of US couples born abroad to surrogate mothers or by artificial insemination are automatically granted US citizenship. The only requirement is that at least one parent is genetically related to the child.

By Editor