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Former East Texan starts petition to bring daughters home from Russia

By Angela Ward award@news-journal.com
July 24, 2013 at 4:34 a.m.


Royce Sigler is seeking 100,000 signatures on a petition he plans to present to the White House in hopes of getting his daughters out of Russia.

"We are still pushing for national attention," Sigler said. "Our ultimate goal is to bring the girls home to America."

The petition can be viewed and signed at: http://wh.gov/lCMpW or at the Facebook page SupportForTheSiglerSisters.

Sigler, a 1989 graduate of Spring Hill High School, now lives in Ohio. He traveled to Russia earlier this month in hopes of being reunited with his American-born daughters.

The girls have lived there since their Russian-born mother took them without Sigler's knowledge or consent five years ago. She has since died, and Sigler is fighting for custody.

The girls are Tatyana (called Tanya by her dad), now 11, and Ksenya, now 9. He last saw them in May 2008.

Sigler traveled to Russia on July 1 to bring the girls home, but when he arrived, he learned their maternal grandmother, Yelena Kosheleva, had disappeared with them.

Sigler is trying to raise an international outcry over his daughters' situation.

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