Support The Moscow Times!

Diabetic Boy Gets Kremlin Invite

Twelve-year-old Daniil Karpenko made it to the list of guests for a New Year’s children party at the Kremlin — but only after prosecutors intervened to have him invited, the Prosecutor General’s Office said on its web site Monday.

Karpenko was included on the Sverdlovsk region’s list of guests for the Dec. 26 party after winning a local aeromodelling competition, but the regional education department later denied him the trip because of his diabetes, saying children with serious chronic diseases cannot be sent to the Kremlin party because of health concerns, the prosecutors said.

Officials proposed to send Karpenko to regional celebrations instead but backtracked after prosecutors opened a check. The boy will travel to Moscow with his father, the report said.

… we have a small favor to ask. As you may have heard, The Moscow Times, an independent news source for over 30 years, has been unjustly branded as a "foreign agent" by the Russian government. This blatant attempt to silence our voice is a direct assault on the integrity of journalism and the values we hold dear.

We, the journalists of The Moscow Times, refuse to be silenced. Our commitment to providing accurate and unbiased reporting on Russia remains unshaken. But we need your help to continue our critical mission.

Your support, no matter how small, makes a world of difference. If you can, please support us monthly starting from just $2. It's quick to set up, and you can be confident that you're making a significant impact every month by supporting open, independent journalism. Thank you.

Once
Monthly
Annual
Continue
paiment methods
Not ready to support today?
Remind me later.

Read more