Tuesday 22 October 2019

Russian adoption community pays tribute to Ana

  

Ana Kriegel
Ana Kriegel
Ian Begley

Ian Begley

The Russian adoption community has issued a touching tribute to Ana Kriegel, describing the teen as a "vibrant young lady" who was "very proud of her Russian heritage".

Ana's parents Patric and Geraldine Kriegel travelled to Russia to adopt their daughter when she was just two and a half.

Although she didn't have many friends, the 14-year-old was said to have been involved in many events organised for adopted Russian children. On its website, The Russian Irish Adoption Group (RIAG) said Ana was an "active member" of its organisation for most of her short life.

"Anastasia Kriegel was a proud Russian Irish teenager," the statement read.

"Sadly, Ana is no longer with us. Her passing in such cruel circumstances touched every member of RIAG and every parent and teen in Ireland and beyond.

"Her family and friends mourn her loss every day. In the midst of their grief last year, Mr and Mrs Kriegel asked mourners that donations be made to RIAG.

"Through those donations, the RIAG was able to set up a website, so members and others have a resource and a network available. It is hoped that through this website, RIAG members and others will have a resource and a network to lean on."

The organisation has also set up a new network for Russian Irish teenagers, called ANA (Ana's Network of Adolescents). The RIAG said it was proud to have had Ana as part of its group.

Irish Independent

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