Below is the flyer I FAXED to the US Moscow Embassy:
FATHER’s DAY -- the day Sasha was to have arrived at LAX.
How appropriate that would have been since Sasha assisted so many American men fulfill their dreams of becoming fathers.
There were many adopted Russian children who were anxious to meet the man who helped them become American citizens. But alas, the U.S. Consulate will not allow Sasha to visit the children. The children are heartbroken and wondering WHY has this been forbidden?
Sasha is not wealthy enough to meet the visitation criteria. Sasha does not own sufficient property or have significant savings. (Note: All of his expenses while in this country were to be paid by the numerous hosting families).
Sasha’s “wealth” is in the unselfish assistance he provided to American families. His “riches” are the fulfillment of people’s dreams. His “treasures” are the dozens and dozens of Russian children he helped place into loving homes versus having them continue to live in orphanages and government facilities. Those assets can not be shown on a bank statement.
Sasha has lived to create bridges between our two countries and has served as an ambassador of goodwill. The U.S. Consulate should be honoring this man versus rejecting him!
There are readers in 8 countries who have been following Sasha's Journey to this point. It is a shame that in just a few moments, one man had the power to shut down this worthwhile program. He destroyed summer hosting and travel plans of the 12 adopting families, meetings scheduled with educators and researchers, visitation plans of dozens of other good citizens, interview plans of media persons, and the joy which was being shared by readers internationally.
Where is the logic or value in such a decision?