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American mom - who dumped her daughter in Siberia - heaps new ridicule on herself

By The Siberian Times reporter
08 October 2014

This neglectful Virginia professor expresses no remorse while saying she still loves Sofia.

Happier times: Natalia with her daughters Maria and Sofia. Picture: Sofia Soulimani

Natalia Roberts has used the comments sections of The Siberian Times to make a new blast at her daughter Sofia who she raised almost entirely in the United States before sending her on a one-way ticket to Siberia at the age of 15, to live with a birth father she hardly knew, with no hope of return. 

The mother - who holds a prestigious role in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular & Cellular Biology at the Georgetown University Medical Center - seemingly objected to her daughter's revelation that she is penning a book about her experience which many Russians have seen as nothing short of child abuse. 

Even when Sofia complained that her father was beating her, Natalia did nothing to bring her home, nor to come and check on her child's well being. 

The 'punishment' for sending her to the other side of the world was evidently her supposed unruly behaviour and academic failings, which her friends at Chantilly High School in Virginia said were little different to many other teens. 

Sofia with mother and Maria

'I don't have any hate in my heart for you.'  Natalia with her daughters Maria and Sofia. Picture: Sofia Soulimani

Now 18, Sofia told The Siberian Times this week that having escaped to Casablanca, where she now lives with the family of a former partner of Natalia, a man she says has been the only real father figure in her life, she is writing a book on her ordeal, as a help to other children in trouble.

This brought an unsolicited comment to our story from Natalia, who also emailed it to Sofia in Morocco.

'Hello Sofia,

Is there anything private in your life?

Please keep at least young kids in our family out from publicity.

You have so much hate in your heart... I am so sorry for your actions...

You are so young and still do not understand the consequences of your actions. Please keep the kids out of your attempt to be rich and famous.

As usual, I wish you all the best and I forgive you for bringing so much pain to my family and me.

Love, Mom'

In passing we note that Natalie says Sofia, now 18, is too young to fathom the consequences of her actions: yet she was not too young, three years ago, to be hoodwinked under false pretences to fly to Russia, thinking it was a short visit to see her real father, and then given no realistic way to return to Virginia - the only place she knew as home. 

Sofia has given a detailed line-by-line response to her mother.

'This was publicly posted on the comments of Siberian Times and emailed to me directly. So I will publicly answer to this and email a direct response as well,' she said. 

'I'm going to break this down for you:

Is there anything private in your life? 

Is this even a serious question? Private? There is SO MUCH that I have NOT disclosed. And quite frankly it's in YOUR best interests. 

Please keep at least young kids in our family out from publicity.

I am keeping them out of this as much as I can. But I truly hope that you will do right by them in the future. Maybe to them you are the mother that you never were to me. I hope that's the case. 

You have so much hate in your heart... I am so sorry for your actions...

This is a joke right? I don't have any hate in my heart for you. I'm very bitter from your actions though. The fact that you STILL see yourself as

the victim is just baffling to me! Are you not sorry for your actions? .... Drop the act. You are not the victim here. I am the victim. Papa is the victim.

Maria is the victim. NOT YOU!

You are so young and still do not understand the consequences of your actions. Please keep the kids out of your attempt to be rich and famous.

You are right, I am so young. And I am so happy that I finally realized that I am NOT to blame. I beat myself up about this for so long, thinking that 

this really was all my fault. But throughout the years you made this obvious that it wasn't my fault. This was a choice that you made. I don't know how 

you can be so at peace with yourself. Rich and famous? That isn't my intentions! My intentions are to protect children from people like YOU!!!

As usual, I wish you all the best and I forgive you for bringing so much pain to my family and me.

Do you really? That's nice to know. I'm not asking for your forgiveness though mom. NOTHING I did was worth three and a half years of the misery that I was put through. Shame on you.

Love, Mom

'Love' isn't a word that you just throw around whenever you feel like it. If you say it, mean it! 

Sofia with kitten


Sofia in Siberia

'I don't have any hate in my heart for you.'  Natalia with her daughters Maria and Sofia. Pictures: Sofia Soulimani

At a time when there is considerable concern in Russia over the treatment of some orphans adopted to the US, we think Sofia deserves to be closely listened to. 

Luckily, in Siberia, Sofia found people who DID help her in her difficult plight especially after she found it impossible to live with her biological father, though she became acutely depressed and at one point suicidal. 

Sofia was a 15-year-old freshman at Chantilly High School in 2011 when she was suddenly packed off on what she was told would be a three-week trip to Siberia to meet her biological dad

After arriving in Berdsk to stay with a man she barely knew, her Soviet-born mom - now a US citizen - and American stepfather told her she would be not be returning to their home unless she improved her behaviour.

Yet Sofia was never given a roadmap - or any real hope of getting back.

Ideed, her mother let her 18th birthday come and go: a point after which her realistic hopes of living in the US legally significantly evaporated. 

Sofia told us this week: 'I have found some peace in my life and I really want to help other children do the same. I stand up for children's rights now - so many kids don't have a voice and are scared to speak.

'I'm not. I get kicked down for it all the time, but it doesn't stop me. Adults hold most of the power, but they aren't always right.'

The book will also go into detail about the relationship Sofia had with the three father figures in her life: her Russian biological dad, her mother's new husband, and the man she grew up believing to be her dad.

Farid with Sofia and Maria

Farid Soulimani with daughters: Maria (left) and Sofia (right). Picture: Sofia Soulimani

In a story of the modern world, it was at the age of 13 that Sofia learned about her Russian birth father, and until then she believed her mother's then boyfriend, Farid Soulimani, was her dad.

In desperation, during her torment in Siberia, Sofia tracked down Farid, who she had not seen in almost six years, through one of his friends, following the global publicity of her ordeal. 

And while he still lived in the US, he arranged for her to take a month-long trip to Morocco to the sanctuary of his relatives, including the woman Sofia called her grandmother.

When she arrived back in Russia, she found she had lost her job and she broke up with her boyfriend, fast-tracking her decision to return to north Africa permanently.

Now 18 years old, she has moved to in Casablanca and has decided to adopt the surname Soulimani. This brave young woman is now taking French classes in a bid to integrate into society.

'It's not a new family,' she said. 'I remember my grandma from when I was a little girl and she had come to visit. It was nice to see a familiar face. Everyone is just so loving here. It's nice to wake up every morning to hugs and kisses. Right now I am just focusing on my French classes and finally being able to relax.'

Sofia said she is in the process of getting her official documentation completed to allow her to stay in Morocco indefinitely. And she says her Soviet-born Mom - now a US citizen - is no more part of her life. 

'Everything was horrible,' she said. 'I didn't have my things, a place to stay, or a job. It was a disaster. I called my dad and he bought me another ticket to Morocco.

'My mum and him had gone through a very bad break up so my communications with him had been completely cut off. But his friend got in contact with me and brought the two of us together. He expressed how hurt he was that we hadn't talked in so long, but I knew that he loved me so much.

'He's the only one that I call dad. It was such a relief to finally have my best friend back in my life.' 

Sofia with granny


Sofia with her sister

Sofia with loving family in Morocco. Pictures: Sofia Soulimani

Sofia said she has not spoken to her mother 'for many months' and is not sure if she is even aware she has finally been able to leave her Siberian prison. She said: 'She is no longer a part of my life, I've moved on.'

The teenager said she has  dropped plans to take legal action against her biological father for allegedly beating her. She said: 'I've no idea how he is, I don't talk to him. Right now, I have no relationship with him, I have a dad already. I don't need two.'

She said from Casablanca: 'There are many things that I never shared, and many secrets that I kept. All of this is going to be included in my book.

'It goes into details about my relationship with my mom, biological father, and men that have been in my life. People know my story, but they know only a little part of it.

'Writing a book has always been a dream of mine. And if you have a good story to tell, you might as well use it.'

Comments (19)

Sofia's mom Natalia expectorates on any moral and ethic, she is a real monster... You can also see it by her religion preferences from time to time. She was an Orthodox in Russia, than became Muslim when she was with Farid and now she is again Christian (!) with her new husband. Looks like she also designs her husband's law company " jamesrobertslaw "

New profession, eh?
Maddi, Canada
21/07/2015 02:32
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To the mother of Sofia, the greatest punishment you have is that you have to look at yourself in the mirror each day and you have to live with the consequences of what you have done, One day you will grow old and you will be very alone. Maybe your american kids will dump you in Siberia. You may not have to answer to Sofia but one day your other 2 children will resent you for what you have done. You are making your own hell and I am sure that you are not happy and will suffer for all you have done. You only have to answer to God and he will hold you accountable. You are a pathetic excuse for a woman a real mother puts her babies ahead of what she has between her legs, this man will leave you too and then you will face the pain of all you have done.
amy, Georgia/USA
03/07/2015 07:27
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Beloch keep your private problems off a public forum.
Emla, USA
16/06/2015 21:23
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Natalia, her mother, and John, her so-called stepfather, ought to be embarrassed (and prosecuted) for perpetuating this treatment of a child. Perhaps someone should ship them off to Siberia with no way to return and see how they like it.
Emla, USA
16/06/2015 21:21
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Anyway, I think that this website doesn't allow links, but if you go to youtube and enter "sofia petrova siberia" and press on any one of her youtubes, then after you press to watch the short ones, on the right you will see one written in Russian and has more than 50 minutes or so, scroll up to minute 26:30 and watch. thank you

But let me give it a try again;https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QGc0yczphR4
BooBoo, Chantilly, Va
04/11/2014 05:24
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follow up, here is the youtube, watch minute 26:30 and judge for yourself. This monster has to pay the price.
BooBoo, Chantilly, Va
02/11/2014 01:11
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Why does Georgetown University Medical Center continue putting up with this pathetic oxygen thief of a child abuser? About time we send them a message?
Leafy, Singapore
01/11/2014 15:00
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Why does Georgetown University Medical Center continue putting up with this pathetic oxygen thief of a child abuser? About time we send them a message?
Leafy, Singapore
01/11/2014 15:00
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seriously people, this mother should be put behind bars for treating this child this way, what if she was killed or rapped, or, or, or. And what will this mother do to the other two children she has once they reach puberty!? discard them the same way she discarded Sofia? Someone has to stop her. Call the child protective services, have them investigate, and arrest her for treating a minor like Sofia so harshly. some parents get put through hell for neglecting their kids for 5 minutes at Walmart, this woman voluntary sent her 15 year old child to the other side of the world, to a father, she knew was abusive and alcoholic. I saw a youtube of Sofia being beaten by her mom (watch minute 26:30) and see the viciousness of this monster. My heart with the little ones in her custody now :(
BooBoo, Vienna, Va
01/11/2014 11:42
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This is a response to Beloch Ma'elech: Again I encourage you to save a little money and go see the world, and keep from mingling in things you have no knowledge of, soon he will be deported and reunited with his daughter! what a stupid statement!! coming either from an ignorant or a moron...'Sadly': so what if he gets deported! the world is so big, and there are far more countries with better opportunities, better education, better freedom, better social life, better weather, better standard of living, and better people than you. Again, Sofia is living a very good life, because of her step-father and his family, and she is probably a life better than yours, she spoke about visiting Marrakesh, Agadir, Tangier, the Atlas mountains...you know! the places you, yourself, only see in pictures and movies. Stop criticizing a good deed, and stop making up stories about things you know nothing about.....you have a few days left and you will soon meet your Jesus.
BooBoo, Vienna, Va
31/10/2014 05:32
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This is a response to Beloch Ma'elech: Again I encourage you to save a little money and go see the world, and keep from mingling in things you have no knowledge of, soon he will be deported and reunited with his daughter! what a stupid statement!! coming either from an ignorant or a moron...'Sadly': so what if he gets deported! the world is so big, and there are far more countries with better opportunities, better education, better freedom, better social life, better weather, better standard of living, and better people than you. Again, Sofia is living a very good life, because of her step-father and his family, and she is probably a life better than yours, she spoke about visiting Marrakesh, Agadir, Tangier, the Atlas mountains...you know! the places you, yourself, only see in pictures and movies. Stop criticizing a good deed, and stop making up stories about things you know nothing about.....you have a few days left and you will soon meet your Jesus.
BooBoo, Vienna, Va
31/10/2014 04:13
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This is a response to Beloch Ma'elech: Again I encourage you to save a little money and go see the world, and keep from mingling in things you have no knowledge of, soon he will be deported and reunited with his daughter! what a stupid statement!! coming either from an ignorant or a moron...'Sadly': so what if he gets deported! the world is so big, and there are far more countries with better opportunities, better education, better freedom, better social life, better weather, better standard of living, and better people than you. Again, Sofia is living a very good life, because of her step-father and his family, and she is probably a life better than yours, she spoke about visiting Marrakesh, Agadir, Tangier, the Atlas mountains...you know! the places you, yourself, only see in pictures and movies. Stop criticizing a good deed, and stop making up stories about things you know nothing about.....you have a few days left and you will soon meet your Jesus.
BooBoo, Vienna, Va
31/10/2014 04:12
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Both her mother and John are unfit. Who abandons a child and then continues to publicly fight with them? Haven't you done this poor child enough damage? I don't care what she did as a teen. There is simply no excuse! And, the mother is a Professor? I can't imagine someone with such POOR morals is allowed to teach our youth! I'm sorry for your torment and pain Sofia, but more sorry that "she" is anyone's mother. No excuses... None EVER ... She was a child for God's sake!
EH, Maryland
22/10/2014 20:56
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http://oig.hhs.gov/fraud/child-support-enforcement/index.asp
John, USA
17/10/2014 22:41
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A young, brave child. You're much better off without that kind of "mother".
Neve, England
16/10/2014 15:31
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