As many as 1000 babies born through surrogacy in Russia have been unable to meet their intended parents due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Intended parents would usually collect their baby a few days after birth, but Russia closed its borders in March due to the coronavirus outbreak, making it impossible for families expecting through international surrogacy arrangements to bring their babies home.
‘This is an urgent problem. These are children that are growing every day. They need their parents,’ Irina Kirkora, deputy head of the Kremlin’s Advisory Council on Human Rights in Moscow, told the Guardian.