BIRULIYA Olga Anatolyevna (Бируля Ольга Анатольевна)
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Nicolas

BY 2020.05.14 Chronology of a Desperate Attempt to save my Daughter Anthie’ from the Extremist Religious School She is Forced to Attend

May 2020, a Desperate attempt to save my Daughter Anthie’ from the extremist Religious School she is forced to attend.

Dmitri Lemeshonok Son of Andrei Lemeshonok and Neo Nazi Supporter

Dmitry Lemeshonok, a Neo-Nazi and the son of Andrei Lemeshonok

A Chronology of Actions

# 2020.05.14 Submitted Appeal to Oktyabrsky Court Minsk Regarding Monastery School Ichvis

Monastery School Ichvis - St. Elisabeth Convent

School Ixhvis

Excerpts:

On April 18, 2017, Liudmila Arkadeyevna Trafimovich illegally removed the children from the Republic of Belarus from Sweden without my consent. Moreover, there is plenty of evidence that the children were removed without my consent and knowledge as a father.

On April 19, 2017, a statement was filed to the Swedish police in search of my children and subsequently with the Central Authority of Sweden for their return.

The fact of illegal removal of the children from their place of permanent residence was established by the court of Sweden on May 30, 2017. In addition, the Swedish court made an interim decision granting me full custody of the children in connection with the release of Liudmila Arkadeyevna Trafimovich from this right due to her gross offense (unlawful removal of the children). On December 08, 2017, the Swedish court rejected the appeal of Liudmila Arkadeyevna Trafimovich against the said court decision. The court decision itself was upheld. The final decision on granting me full custody of the children was issued by the Swedish court on September 19, 2018. This decision is not subject to the recognition procedure and is automatically recognized. That is, it has been valid in Belarus since September 19, 2018.

This follows from Article 14 of The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction of October 25, 1980, which allows taking into account judicial decisions of a foreign state recognized and not officially recognized in the state of the child’s permanent residence, without resorting to special procedures for the recognition of foreign decisions which otherwise would have to be applied. This conclusion is also confirmed in the response of the Deputy Chairman of the Minsk City Court (ref. No. 13083 of November 08, 2018).

At the same time, I did not file such an application with the Ichvis Private School, I did not give my consent to this, and the obvious activities of a religious organization in this educational institution are expressly prohibited by Belarusian law.

SCHOOL IXHVIS - The preparation and creation of a new Hitler Youth Generation

I adhere to the Orthodox religion (Greek Orthodox Church), and the mother of the child, L.A. Trafimovich, adheres to the Orthodox religion (Russian Orthodox Church). However, I believe that a child should receive a general education in a state secular school and not a private religious school. A child must have freedom of religion and exercise his or her right to freedom of religion at a conscious age, without the pressure of studying at a religious school at a young age.

As follows from numerous publications on Internet resources, Ikhvis Private School is based on the personality cult of its religious leader, Archpriest Andrei Lemeshonok, who established an authoritarian regime in the institution. Thus, during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, the institution continued its activities as usual without taking measures to protect the health of its employees, students, and parishioners. As a result, most nurses and staff fell ill with pneumonia and the coronavirus COVID-19, but officially this information is hidden (https://news.tut.by/society/683501.html). It became known to me that my daughter Alexandra and her mother, L.A. Trafimovich, are currently in the hospital (May 2020) with an infection. Allegedly they have the COVID-19 coronavirus, which they contracted in the above-mentioned facility.

Under such circumstances and in accordance with Articles 75-77 of the Code on Marriage and Family, Article 6 of the Civil Procedure Code,

I Demand:

1. To oblige Liudmila Arkadeyevna Trafimovich not to impede my participation in the upbringing and education of the daughter Anthie Anthoula Cheropoulou, born on June 08, 2012.

2. To oblige Liudmila Arkadeyevna Trafimovich to transfer my daughter Anthie Anthoula Cheropoulou, born in 2012, from Ikhvis Private School to the full-time secondary educational institution at the child’s place of residence certified by the Ministry of Education to receive further general secondary education.

Attached Hereto:

2020.05.14 RU CLAIM Oktyabrsky Court Minsk Regarding Monastery School
2020.05.14 EN CLAIM Oktyabrsky Court Minsk Regarding Monastery School

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# 2020.08.05 SUBMITTED Amended Statement on resolving disagreements between parents regarding parenting and place of Education for Anthoula

Excerpts:

FOR REFERENCE. The Ichvis Private School is located within the territory of the St.Elisabeth Convent, located at 6 Vygotskogo Street in Minsk, and is an integral part of it. This monastery is often visited by odious individuals who hold radical neo-Nazi views that they do not hide but, on the contrary, show publicly, in particular, Dmitry Lemeshonok – the son of Archpriest Andrei Lemeshonok, and is also used as a platform for the propaganda of hatred and the cult of war by people with a dubious reputation, namely the ‘warrior of Christ Anthony’ or as he calls himself “lieutenant colonel of the Russian Military Intelligence Directorate Anton Manshin”.

Lieutenant colonel of the Russian Military Intelligence Directorate Anton Manshin

Lieutenant Colonel of the Russian Military Intelligence Directorate Anton Manshin

Source: Nasha Niva

“The men present here will take part in the war for Holy Rus”.

Under such circumstances and in accordance with Articles 75-76 of the Code on Marriage and Family, Article 6 of the Civil Procedure Code,

I Demand:

To determine the state educational institution “Gymnasium No. 35 of the City of Minsk” as the place for receiving general secondary education for Anthie’ Anthoula Cheropoulou, born in 2012.

Attached Hereto:

2020.08.05 RU Submitted Amended Claim of Education place for Anthoula to the court.
2020.08.05 EN Submitted Amended Claim of Education place for Anthoula to the court.

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# 2020.09.28 FINAL APPEAL SUBMITTED regarding Change of School & to Refute Trafimovich ALLEGATIONS

Excerpts:

Additional Clarifications,

Taking into account the instructions of the court during the hearing on September 10, 2020, Plaintiff hereby additionally clarifies the following.

The defendant explained that Plaintiff does not participate at all and does not help in the upbringing of the children of Anthoula Anthie’ Cheropoulou and Alexandra Cheropoulou and that Plaintiff had never asked about their plans for the school.

The arguments of L.A. Trafimovich, stating that Plaintiff does not want to participate and help in raising their children, are contradictory to reality and are refuted by the following.

a) First of all, we note that it was the Defendant who created a problem situation related to the upbringing and communication with the children. Previously, the children lived permanently with their father and mother in Sweden and were under the care of their father and mother every day. In violation of the laws of Sweden and the Republic of Belarus, Defendant, without the consent of Plaintiff, took the children to Belarus for permanent residence, thereby creating insurmountable obstacles to the full and daily participation of the father in the upbringing and communication with the children.

b) After the defendant and the children left the territory of Sweden, she contacted the plaintiff only after 31 days, namely on May 19, 2017. This is due to the fact that L.A. Trafimovich filed a lawsuit with the Oktyabrsky District Court of the City of Minsk to determine the place of residence of the minor children, to recover alimony for the maintenance of the minor children, to determine a different procedure for the travel of the children outside the Republic of Belarus. On May 03, 2017, Plaintiff sent L.A. Trafimovich a letter describing Plaintiff’s concern (Annex No. 1). For the first time, Plaintiff was able to communicate with his daughter Anthoula Anthie after the abduction only on May 19, 2017. Plaintiff agreed with Defendant that he would come to Minsk to meet with her and the children. Plaintiff flew to Minsk on July 14, 2017. However, Defendant could not be found, which is confirmed by correspondence via the VIBER messenger (Annex No. 2). During his stay in Minsk, L.A. Trafimovich disappeared, and he had to stay in the room of the “Belarus” hotel for 4 days. In the end, he left all the gifts for the children, which he brought with him, to the lawyer Aleksandr Danilevich and asked to hand them over to the Defendant when he was able to contact L.A. Trafimovich. On July 22, 2017, Plaintiff received an e-mail (Annex No. 3) from Defendant, in which the latter confirmed that she had not met with him deliberately and also informed that she would not communicate with him until October 2, 2017, i.e., until the dispute was resolved in court.

During the hearing on September 10, 2020, L.A. Trafimovich accused Plaintiff of threats, which is a ridiculous and outrageous lie and distortion of the truth. The plaintiff did and will do what every normal parent would do. The plaintiff only promised L.A. Trafimovich that he would use all legal means in the fight for his children.

c) Plaintiff met with the children for the first time after their departure from Sweden on August 10, 2017. The meeting lasted about 1 hour, and this was in the presence of a guard hired by Defendant, about which Plaintiff had not been previously informed. The plaintiff was forced to accept this because he desperately wanted to meet his children and spend some time with them. L.A. Trafimovich introduced the guard as her relative. The face of this man, which he remembers, is very similar to Dmitry Lemeshonok, the son of Archpriest Andrey Lemeshonok (https://nn.by/?c=ar&i=197309&lang=ru, Annex 10). Plaintiff stayed in Minsk for another 3 more days, but Defendant no longer allowed him to see his children again. The plaintiff inquired from L.A. Trafimovich whether their children would receive any education and what she was going to do about this because he did not want his daughters to waste valuable educational time. L.A. Trafimovich refused to give him any answer, despite the fact that he agreed to pay for the education of the children in Greek and Swedish and attendance at a prestigious educational institution. Plaintiff agreed to consider options for a private educational institution and asked Defendant to suggest options. Despite this, L.A. Trafimovich refused to answer and completely ignored Plaintiff.

d) The explanations of Defendant that Plaintiff did not want and did not show interest in the upbringing and development of their children are refuted by the following facts.

The plaintiff had to turn to the Ministry of Education of Belarus in September 2019 to finally find out from them the information about the place of study of his eldest daughter Anthoula Anthie Cheropoulou (Annex No. 4). They received a response only in November 2019, while he had to prove that he is the father of Anthoula Anthie and Alexandra (Annex No. 5). He found out that Anthoula Anthie attended Ichvis Private School and Alexandra went to the kindergarten “Sanatorium Kindergarten No. 480 of the City of Minsk”. Earlier, he also received a response to his appeal to the “Sanatorium Kindergarten No. 480 of the City of Minsk” (Annex No. 6). Until that moment, Defendant refused to give information, and he did not know which school Anthoula, Anthie’ attended. When Plaintiff began to study information about this school, it became clear to him that the activities of the school and the behavior of Defendant herself were based only on extreme religious and political fanaticism (Annex No. 7).

e) Annex No. 8 contains information on the conditions on which Plaintiff was allowed to meet with his children by Defendant after Defendant left Sweden with them and how many times before that day.

Plaintiff has repeatedly tried to call Defendant since the day of her departure from Sweden (Annex 9). Since April 18, 2017, Plaintiff has made about 515 calls, an average of 14.3 calls per month over 36 months, and about 10.7 calls per month over 48 months. On the contrary, Defendant does not disclose how many times she has tried to call him or in any way to contact Plaintiff since she and the children left Sweden.

# The father’s involvement in raising the children is not only a matter of money.

Therefore, the participation and interest of Plaintiff as the father of the children are to ask and find out what interests and abilities his children have and which school they plan to go to (as Defendant says).

After the children were illegally taken by Defendant to another country from Sweden, the country where they originally resided as a family, the father can obtain the above information only through contact with their mother and the children. The evidence presented by Plaintiff clearly shows that Defendant does not even answer Plaintiff’s calls and emails. She also prevents Plaintiff from speaking to the children on the phone. The children no longer speak Swedish and Greek, which would allow the children to communicate with the father and express their interests and desires to him. The mother also refuses to allow the children to learn Greek or Swedish, even though the father is willing to bear the full cost of the tuition.

# From whom and how can the father find out what the interests of the children are, and with whom should he discuss the choice of school in this case?

Defendant called Plaintiff to talk about the interests of the children only once and is now using this fact of one call to show Plaintiff’s alleged lack of interest and involvement in raising the children. Do not the hundreds of unanswered calls and letters from Plaintiff prove anything? Is one call from the Defendant such strong evidence?

# By participating in the upbringing of his children, the father wants to know from the mother about the state of health of the children and does not have to send inquiries to the clinic and the Ministry of Health in Belarus.

# By participating in the upbringing of his children, the father wants to know from the mother what school and kindergarten the children are in and does not have to send inquiries to the education department of the local administration and the Ministry of Education in Belarus.

The father’s involvement in raising his children involves the ability to see them and meet them, hug them, talk to them, and share their desires and concerns with them, but unfortunately, the father and children do not even speak the same language. For this to finally happen, the permission of the mother of the children is necessary since she forcibly took the children from their father and took them to another country.

# Finally, Defendant expressly blames Plaintiff for her own actions and choices and the consequences of doing so. The defendant actually created a “wall” between the father and the children.

Attached Hereto is the complete Appeal:

2020.09.28 RU FINAL APPEAL-COMPLAINT SUBMITTED regarding Change of School & TRAFIMOVICH Allegations
2020.09.28 EN FINAL APPEAL-COMPLAINT SUBMITTED regarding Change of School & TRAFIMOVICH Allegations

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# 2020.10.14 Ruled Decision on my Appeal by Oktyabrsky District Court & Judge O.E Birulia

BIRULIYA Olga Anatolyevna (Бируля Ольга Анатольевна)

Judge Olga Anatolyevna Biruliya – Deputy Chairman of
the Oktyabrsky District Court in Minsk, Belarus

JUDGMENT IN THE NAME OF THE REPUBLIC OF BELARUS

October 14, 2020, Oktyabrsky District Court of the City of Minsk

With the presiding judge O.A. Birulia,
with the participation of Secretary V.A. Mitrakova,

-the representative of the plaintiff N. Cheropoulos, the lawyer N.S. Berezutskaya, the defendant L.A. Trafimovich., the representative of the Education Department of the Administration of the Oktyabrsky District of the City of Minsk, S.M. Maklakova,

-have considered in open court the case on the claim of Nicolas Cheropoulos against Liudmila Arkadeyevna Trafimovich on the elimination of disagreements between parents in matters of raising a child.

COURT ESTABLISHED:

In a statement to the court, N. Cheropoulos indicated that since 2008, he lived together with a citizen of the Republic of Belarus, L.A. Trafimovich, in the territory of Sweden. They have two minor daughters together: Anthoula Anthie Cheropoulou, born on June 08, 2012, and Alexandra Cheropoulou, born on April 01, 2015. The daughters were removed by their mother, L.A. Trafimovich, to the Republic of Belarus without his consent.

There are disagreements between him and the mother of the children on the upbringing and education of the children.

As it became known to him, since September 2019, his daughter Anthoula Anthie Cheropoulou, at the request of L.A. Trafimovich but without his consent, has been educated at the Ichvis Private School.

He adheres to the Orthodox faith (Greek Orthodoxy), and the mother of the child adheres to the Orthodox faith (Russian Orthodoxy), but he believes that the child should receive a general education in a state secular school and not in a private religious school. A child must have freedom of religion and exercise his or her right to freedom of religion at a conscious age without the pressure that comes from studying in a religious school at a young age.

Furthermore, Ikhvis Private School is located far from the place of residence of his child, which means that the child travels considerable distances to and from school every day, which creates an additional danger for the child, especially in the context of the coronavirus pandemic, or the child lives in the premises of the school, about which he does not know. Community-based public school education would reduce travel time that could be used to attend language courses, sports clubs, and other developmental groups and would reduce the associated risks.

He believes that the state educational institution “Gymnasium No. 35 of the City of Minsk” related to the child’s place of residence creates better conditions for providing the child with basic education, has a better teaching staff and infrastructure, and can better prepare the child for living and developing in a universal social environment. The State Educational Institution “Gymnasium No. 35 of the City of Minsk” is under the direct control of the Ministry of Education and state bodies. Therefore, it deserves more trust than the Ichvis school, which is controlled by Archpriest Andrei Lemeshonok.

As follows from numerous publications of Internet resources, Ichvis Private School is based on the personality cult of its religious leader, Archpriest Andrei Lemeshonok, who established an authoritarian regime in the institution.

He asks to determine the place for receiving general secondary education for Anthoula Anthie’ Cheropoulou, born in 2012, as the state educational institution “Gymnasium No. 35 of the City of Minsk”.

In court, the representative of the plaintiff N. Cheropoulos, lawyer N.S. Berezutskaya supported the claim.

S.M. Maklakova, the representative of the Education Department of the Administration of the Oktyabrsky District of the City of Minsk, considers the claim to be justified.

MAKLAKOVA Svetlana Mikhailovna (Маклакова Светлана Михайловна)

Maklakova Svetlana Mikhailovna (Маклакова Светлана Николаевна) – Educational
Psychologist of the Oktyabrsky District in Minsk

Having heard the parties, the representative of the Education Department of the Administration of the Oktyabrsky District of the City of Minsk, having studied the written materials of the case, the court considers that the claims cannot be satisfied in accordance with Articles 75-76 of the Code of the Republic of Belarus on Marriage and Family.

Based on the foregoing and guided by Articles 301-304, 306 of the Civil Procedure Code of the Republic of Belarus, the court

DECIDED:

The judgment can be appealed or protested to the Minsk City Court through the Oktyabrsky District Court of the City of Minsk within fifteen days from the date of the judgment or handing it over to the person entitled to appeal (protest), at his or her request, with a reasoning part.

Judge  signature        O.A. Birulia

Attached Hereto:

2020.10.14 RU Ruled Decision on my Appeal by Oktyabrsky District Court & Judge Birulia
2020.10.14 EN Ruled Decision on my Appeal by Oktyabrsky District Court & Judge Birulia

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# 2020.10.23 MOTIVATION part in Ruled Decision 2020.10.14 from O.E. Birulia

REASONING PART

of the Judgment of the Oktyabrsky District Court of the City of Minsk dated October 14, 2020, in the case based on the claims of Nicolas Cheropoulos against Liudmila Arkadeyevna Trafimovich on the elimination of disagreement in the raising of the children

According to Article 75 of the Code of the Republic of Belarus on Marriage and Family, parents bring up children and take care of them and their property. Upbringing is understood as taking care of the physical, spiritual, and moral development of children, their health, education, and preparation for an independent life in society.

All issues on the forms and methods of raising children, their education, attitude to religion, organization of free time, and other issues of raising children shall be decided by both parents by mutual agreement. Disagreements between parents on raising children shall be resolved in court.

Underage parents have the right to take part in raising a child.

Until the unmarried underage parents acquire full legal capacity, their child, with the consent of the legal representatives, is assigned a guardian who shall raise the child together with the minor parents of the child. Disagreements on the raising of children that arise between the child’s guardian and minor parents shall be resolved by the custody and guardianship authority.

Furthermore, parents enjoy equal rights and have equal responsibilities in relation to their children in the event of a divorce between them unless otherwise provided in the Parenting Agreement.

In the case of establishing paternity in court, the father shall acquire the rights and obligations from the moment the court judgment enters into legal force, with the exception of the obligation to maintain, which may be imposed from the moment of filing a claim for establishing paternity.

If the parents of the child are not married to each other, the court may assign custody of the child to one of them, limiting the rights and obligations of the other in relation to the child.

By virtue of Article 39 of the Law “On Freedom of Conscience and Religious Organizations”, violation of the legislation of the Republic of Belarus on freedom of conscience, religion, and religious organizations is manifested, in particular, in the involvement of minors in religious organizations, teaching minor’s religion against their will and without the consent of their parents or persons replacing them.

From the case materials, it appears that N. Cheropoulos lived in the territory of the Kingdom of Sweden together with L.A. Trafimovich from 2007 to April 2017. From their life together, they have two daughters: Anthoula Anthie’ Cheropoulou, born on June 08, 2012, and Alexandra Cheropoulou, born on April 01, 2015. Since April 2017, L.A. Trafimovich has lived with her daughters in Minsk, at 64-24, Kizhevatova Str.

According to the judgment of the Oktyabrsky District Court of the City of Minsk dated July 12, 2018, it was decided: claims of Nikolas Cheropoulos against L.A. Trafimovich L.A. regarding the return of the children in accordance with the 1980 Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction shall be denied; the judgment entered into force on September 10, 2018.

According to the judgment of the Södertörn District Court of September 19, 2018, it will be better for the children if N. Cheropoulos is granted the right of sole custody of Anthie and Alexandra (author’s note:

According to the Articles of Association of the private educational institution “Kindergarten – Secondary School “Ikhvis”, the institution provides preschool and general secondary education; the educational process is organized on the basis of the principles of state policy in the field of education; educational standards; the founder of the institution is the religious organization “St. Elisabeth Convent in Minsk, Minsk Diocese of the Belarusian Orthodox Church.”

The curricula of the 2nd grade of the State Educational Institution “Gymnasium No. 35 of the City of Minsk” and the private educational institution “Kindergarten – Secondary School “Ikhvis” follows that they are identical. Moreover, only 1 hour per week of lessons on the basics of Orthodox culture is included in the elective classes of “Kindergarten – Secondary School “Ichvis”.

An agreement was signed by L.A. Trafimovich on the provision of paid services in the field of education, according to which, from September  01, 2019, her daughter Anthoula, Anthie’ Cheropoulou is studying at the educational institution “Kindergarten – Secondary School “Ichvis” from September 01, 2019, to the present, the cost of tuition is 630 rubles per month. Anthoula Cheropoulou is currently in her second grade. According to the statement of the mother of Anthoula, Anthie’ Cheropoulou, the girl attends classes on the basics of Orthodox culture once a week.

From September 15, 2019, to March 29, 2020, Anthoula Anthie attended the children’s choir and choreographic studio at the Sunday school of St. Elisabeth Convent in Minsk.

1. Cheropoulos does not support minor children. A writ of execution on the recovery of alimony was issued by L.A. Trafimovich upon her application on September 23, 2020; currently not presented for enforcement.

2. Cheropoulos communicated with his daughters in the period from July 14, 2017, to July 18, 2017; from August 08, 2017, to August 12, 2017; from August 22, 2017, to August 26, 2017; from September 30, 2017, to October 03, 2017; from October 15, 2017, to October 18, 2017; from December 22, 2017, to December 26, 2017; from March 30, 2018, to April 02, 2018; from June 03, 2018, to June 05, .2018; from June 08, 2018, to June 13, 2018; from June 24, 2018, to June 28, 2018; from July 10, 2018, to July 12, 2018; from December 23, 2018, to December 29, 2018; from September 30, 2019, to April 02, 2019; from June 05, 2019, to June 10, 2019.

From the report of the examination of the living conditions and upbringing of children, it follows that L.A. Trafimovich has created the proper conditions for the maintenance and upbringing of the children. The mother is conscientious about fulfilling her parental duties.

According to the conclusion of the Education Department of the Administration of the Oktyabrsky District of the City of Minsk, the mother of Anthoula Anthie’ Cheropoulou, L.A. Trafimovich, has the right to determine the educational institution for the education of her daughter, which will correspond to the interests of the minor.

The plaintiff’s arguments that Anthie’ Cheropoulou is studying at “Kindergarten – Secondary School “Ichvis”, which was created by the founder – a religious organization, and thus the daughter is involved in religious organizations, are ungrounded, since “Kindergarten – Secondary School “Ikhvis” teaches children according to a curriculum approved by the Ministry of Education. Anthie’ attends 1 hour of elective classes on the basics of Orthodox culture at the request of the mother, who is engaged in the upbringing and maintenance of her daughter.

BIRULIYA Olga Anatolyevna (Бируля Ольга Анатольевна)

Judge Olga Anatolyevna Biruliya (Бируля Ольга Анатольевна) – Deputy Chairman of
the Oktyabrsky District Court in Minsk, Belarus

Judge  signature        O.A. Birulia

Attached Hereto:

2020.10.23 RU MOTIVATION part in Ruled Decision 2020.10.14 from O.E. Birulia
2020.10.23 EN MOTIVATION part in Ruled Decision 2020.10.14 from O.E. Birulia

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O.E. Birulia is notoriously known as the Queen of Unfair Trials & Political-Motivated Persecution.

Nicolaos AA Cheropoulos,
Father of Anthie’ and Alexandra
Stockholm, May 2021
Reviewed Oct. 2023
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