Komsomolskaya Pravda: “Investigative Committee thanks volunteers who help to search for kidnapped children”

In H1 2018, 6,221 minors were reported missing.

December 5 celebrates International Volunteer Day. For Russia, the date has twice the significance, for the President of the Russian Federation announced 2018 as the Year of Volunteer who selflessly save lives.

In fact, the Investigative Committee of Russia actively cooperates with a number of search units that help to search for children. There is Lisa Alert, Missing Children Search, Piter-Search, and Legion among them. The movement took its roots in the tragedy happened in Moscow Region in 2010, when 5-year-old Liza Fomkina had died. The girl had been wandering in the woods for a week until she froze to death. 29-year-old Russian woman Maria Butina, who is now locked in a Washington prison, because she failed to comply with the US Foreign Agent Law, participated in the search.

“After these searches, the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation had initiated a discussion on both the active involvement of volunteer organisations and the missing people procedure regulation by state institutions in charge of said matters. Such an interdepartmental agreement with volunteers was signed in 2018,” says official spokesperson for the Investigative Committee of Russia Svetlana Petrenko.

The Committee notes that it is a pressing problem: in the first six months of 2018 alone, the total of 18,172 people, including 6,221 minors, were reported missing. Most of said citizens were found alive, and investigators of the Investigative Committee of Russia opened inquiries into offences against the 183 deceased, including 4 minors.

So, due to the timely actions of law enforcement officers and volunteers, a child missing from the territory of a household in Lipetsk Region was found, as well as a minor who voluntarily left an outpatient clinic in Khabarovsk Territory. On November 23, in Perm Region, two boys were found in the forest. Also, a missing 2-year-old child was found in Chuvashia.

“Unfortunately, it is not always possible to prevent a tragedy. No amount of active search could save a missing 7-year-old boy murdered in Kursk Region in October 2018. A similar tragedy happened in Moscow Region in summer 2018, with a girl murdered. Kalimat Omarova missing from Dagestan was found dead too, though searched for by law enforcement together with hundreds of volunteers,” the Committee’s spokesperson refers to the dreadful facts.

The Investigative Committee of Russia expresses gratitude to all citizens who, sparing no effort and time, participate in volunteer activities.

The Investigative Committee of Russia actively cooperates with a number of search units that help to search for children.

Author: Alexander Boyko