Eugene is a loving father trying to do a good job of raising his son and his “reward” is eight months of prison in England. I guess he’s similar to John Bunyan of The Pilgrim’s Progress in that regard.
Both men wound up in English prisons for moral convictions. Mr. Bunyan wouldn’t stop his open air preaching and Mr. Lukjanenko cannot live comfortably after his son was stolen from him by the British S.S. (Social services).
It is an amazing though not uncommon story these days. One of the reasons Eugene’s son was taken from him the second time (yes, there was a first time and his son was returned) is that Eugene’s Father was imprisoned in a concentration camp in WWII.
The reason he is in prison now is because Eugene continued to try and make his case via social media and the English judge wouldn’t tolerate that any longer.
I guess the judge is trying to quiet this man. As I see it, the judge will fail in this endeavor as I have been watching the well known Russian pianist make his case for months now.
He has been threatened with prison many times because he has done everything legally possible to see his son. And there was that time he climbed on the roof of some “important” building to share his story via his mighty bullhorn. I give him bonus points for creativity, that’s for sure.
I’ve lost track of how many hunger strikes Eugene has been on.
Eugene is aware of the effects social media had on a similar case in Norway. The case got publicity around the world and the family was finally reunited and has fled Norway to be able to raise their children in peace. Social media had a huge impact on spreading that story and Eugene hopes his case will get the same kind of attention. The Norwegian “Child Protective Services” attempted to split up a very nice family, the Bodnarius, completely. Each child was to be sent to live in a different foster home. If you live in Norway (and apparently the U.K.), the threat of having your child taken from you for little reason is something many citizens fear. Parents from Norway have been living under this fear of such inhumanity for years. How do I know this? I know this because they’ve told me.
In case you didn’t know, this problem is a common occurrence in the U.K., Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, and the U.S. to name a few. Where I live in the U.S, reunification is usually the goal when a parent is separated from a child by the Child Protective Services. Sadly, this is not always the case in all of America. Americans seem to have better chances of getting their child back if they follow all requests of them, however, than the countries I’ve listed. It is a very sad situation.
I have sent Eugene two emails. My guess is, because so many know of his case now, that he is getting a good amount of mail. I will put a link at the bottom of this post if anyone wants to communicate with Eugene.
The above video, in it’s original form, was part of the reason Eugene’s son was taken a second time. All one can see of Eugene’s son is him playing the piano a bit.
If you wish to know more about this situation, you can click on the link at the top of this page called “Recent Accounts of Children Taken” where I’m following three tragic stories. If you scroll down, you will see that Eugene’s is the second situation I am following. Or, if you have facebook, you can check out Eugene’s FB page. Just type his name in the FB search as it appears in the title above.
To send Eugene an email, this site is the one I’m using and it seems to be working ok for now:
Emails cost 40p and you need to add £5 minimum on the account. Its very easy to set up and all you need is his name and prison number.
If you want to send a note to encourage Eugene Lukjanenko, all you need is:
1) His name
2) His prisoner number which is A6309EC
3) The prison (which is on a scroll down). It is ELMLEY.
If nothing else, please keep Eugene and his son in your prayers.
For those of you who think I have an active imagination or that you aren’t getting the full story here, please read this recent article about the UK which was shared to this post by Professor Marianne H. Skanland: