The family of Eugene and Louise Martens along with ten children returned to Germany. The reasons for this sudden action remain unknown.
According to the available information, a few days ago Eugene Martens went to Germany to organize shipping of their belongings to Russia. However, on February 24th after his return to Kyshtovka (a village in Russia they moved in – RRT) the whole family went to Novosibirsk, where they took a flight to Germany.
“As far as we know, the Martens family is back in Germany,” said a local reporter.
The family arrived from Germany in Kyshtovsky district of Novosibirsk region in mid-December last year with the intention to obtain Russian citizenship through compatriots resettlement program. The reason that prompted the Germans to move to Siberia were sex education lessons that started in German schools. These lessons already led to a conflict between Martens and local education authorities. Then Eugene refused to pay a fine for his daughter’s missed sex-ed lessons, and spent a night in the local jail.
Martens wanted to start farming in Kyshtovsky district and were looking into buying a tractor. According to the head of the German family, they have decided to stay in the Novosibirsk region for good.
The Germans were not scared of severe frosts in Kyshtovka that might reach -40°C (-40°F – RRT). However, after a short trip to Germany the decision of Martens family has changed dramatically: they packed up, left their new home and went back to Germany.
As it was told by deputy minister of labor, employment and human resources of the Novosibirsk region Nadezhda Tsvetkova, in October last year the Martens signed up for the program of voluntary resettlement of compatriots living abroad, choosing the Novosibirsk region.
“Our specialists have contacted the applicants. In accordance with the regional program of resettlement of compatriots, in 2016 we provided financial assistance to the family: a one-time payment of 15,000 rubles (approx. $250 – RRT) per each child under 18 years old,” said Nadezhda Tsvetkova.
There are 10 children in the Martens family, so they were provided with financial assistance in the amount of 150,000 rubles (approx. $2,500 – RRT). They received the money at the end of last year, after December 20.