American teen girl grounded ... in Siberia


Sofia Roberts is sent to hostel in notorious Russian wilderness, begs her mother to take her back

Teenagers can be a real pain in the ass. They do obnoxious things in the naive quest to be cool. In response, parents confiscate their cell phones, impose socially humiliating curfews and declare, "You're grounded!" And in the end, the teens stomp off in a rumpus of angst.

But Sofia Roberts has it worse. Far worse. When the then-15-year-old crossed the line in her posh Virginia town, her parents sent her thousands of miles Siberia.

Yes, that Siberia. The notorious region of Russia where for decades the Soviets would exile political dissidents and other undesirables. The remote and snowbound land known for its dreaded Gulags (now closed). A place so bleak that its name is a catchphrase for exile and misery.

It has been two years since Sofia's parents sent her to Siberia for adolescent shenanigans. She still has no idea when she can go home.

"I love you so much and I miss you," she wrote to her mother recently in a teenager's distinctive bubbly script. "I want to come home. To come back to you. I ask you one more time, please take me back. Please find it in your heart to forgive my mistakes that I made as a pre-teen."

siberiaBefore being shipped off, Sofia attended high school in the wealthy suburb of Chantilly, Virginia. Though born in Russia, she'd moved to America with her mom Natalia at age 2. She grew up in Virginia with her mom, sister and American-born stepdad. She knew little of her biological father, or of the frigid, industrial city where he lived in Siberia. She spoke no Russian.

Her Virginia family exiled her in what Sofia says was a grand ruse. She says they told her she was taking a brief trip to icy Novosibirsk, Siberia, to meet her biological father.

But after Sofia arrived in Novosibirsk, her mother said she'd changed her mind. Sofia must remain in Siberia until she'd forsaken her disobedience and shamefully headstrong behavior.

In a statement to the Russian press (when Sofia's plight became public), her mother and stepfather claimed Sofia was "uncontrollable." They accused her of truancy, of bringing home boys, running away from home, using drugs and stealing more than $1,000 of their money. Their account, however, is disputed by Sofia's Virginia friends who are anxious for her return.

Soon after moving in with her biological father, Sofia says she discovered he was a heavy drinker (the Russian government classified beer as a food until earlier this year).

In Sofia's own words, published in a distressing Facebook post, "Igor is an ALCOHOLIC. Try to live with an alcoholic and tell me how you like it." She also claims he beat her and rarely fed her meals. "I learnt about him when I was 13 years old," she told a local Siberian paper. "I skyped with him three times, but he doesn't speak English. So really I did not know him, he was a stranger."

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kanotoa site profile image  

11/12/13 5:21 PM by kanotoa

Fucked up parents, girl will be a Siberian shut in a few years.

transamman site profile image  

11/12/13 4:21 PM by transamman

some guy grabbing my daughter like that and I'll send her to Siberia too

billyball2 site profile image  

11/12/13 4:17 PM by billyball2

This.Is the mother a POS? Absolutely. No way that you let your child get so out of control that literally shipping her off to Siberia becomes an option.That said, the teenager is likely a total CUNT. The mother allowed her to grow into a spoiled, self-centered bitch who doesn't listen to anyone and paints her own warped picture of the world with herself as the struggling protagonist.The girl thrives on and creates drama everywhere she goes.Kudos to her for having the stones to tell her mom and step-dad to fuck off and do things her own way.Probably the best for everyone involved.

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11/12/13 3:35 PM by ajjr0ller

She was probably the kind of entitled spoiled brat that would throw the "you can't tell me what to do, you're not my father" line every chance she got. So she was sent to her father. A lot of hate on here for her step-dad (who may also be a piece of shit) but nearly all parental blame should be on her BIOLOGICAL mother. In the end she had the final say but decided to wash her hands of her daughter. I know first-hand how quickly some single mothers are to rid themselves of their child for an opportunity of a better life with a new man.

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11/12/13 2:39 PM by shaqitup

This shit happens more than you would want to believe.

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11/12/13 2:35 PM by WillyMaunawili

YupHere comes Black Widow

bakobell site profile image  

11/12/13 12:29 PM by bakobell

Just showed article to my kids. Go ahead and act up now kids!

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11/12/13 11:32 AM by RyannVonDoom


scuffler site profile image  

11/12/13 10:46 AM by scuffler

They are in Virginia which has extremely tough child abandonment laws. It's my understanding that if the custodial parent, which is the mother (and in Va the stepfather) leave a child in worse conditions than they can provide then they are guilty.

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11/12/13 9:37 AM by fob

Looks like a young Drew Baremore in this pic.