Sofia Petrova, 17, who uses the name Sofia Roberts in online communications, came to the US with her immigrant mother, Natalia Roberts, and lived in the US for virtually her entire life.
Her mother, Natalia Roberts, formerly Natalia Petrova had a succession of boyfriends and ended up marrying an attorney, Jim Roberts.
The mother-daughter relationship was strained. Very strained.
So much so that two years ago when Sofia Roberts was 15-years-old and a freshman at Chantilly High School in Virginia, her mother told her she was sending her to Siberia to stay with her biological father for a few weeks.
Although she hardly knew her biological father, as a minor child she had no choice.
Once in Siberia, more specifically, Novosibirsk, Roberts found out that she would not be returning home any time soon until she changed her behavior to meet her mother and stepfather’s expectations.
They say she was a teenager out of control because she stole money from them and brought boys to the family home so she was banished to Siberia.
Roberts said that living with her biological father was difficult since she did not speak Russian and he did not speak English. She also says that he is an alcoholic who used any funds sent by her family for booze. She claims he father also hit her and that she fled to a youth center.
She says she even tried to take her own life.
According to Roberts Facebook profile, she has tried to make the best of things but desperately wants to return the US.
Since she has been in Siberia, Roberts has worked with orphans, has obtained a job and is taking online classes that she is paying for.
Her job is at the Fine O’Clock Hostel in Novosibirsk and she lives at the Hostel.
She told WUSA-TV,
Financially, I support myself. I work 60 hours a week.
She also takes online classes and pays the tuition herself.
She finally went public with her story, speaking to the Siberian Times, because if her mother does not allow her to return to the United States before she turns 18 in March, she might not ever be able to obtain a Visa to come back.
Message boards are overflowing with opinions on Roberts’ situation.
Some feel that her mother did the right things and note that many parents send a child that they do not want or cannot control to live with the other parent.
Others have said that the mother is too self-absorbed in her own life and just doesn’t want her pretty daughter around.
Roberts believes that her mother and stepfather had planned to ship her off to Siberia as soon as she turned 15 because at that age she was able to fly internationally on her own.
She says she was shipped off just one week after she turned 15.
On Roberts Facebook page, a number of messages from Jim Roberts, were posted on his stepdaughter’s account.
One, in particular, let Roberts know that going public is not going to help her and that no one, including the FBI can help her.
Screen shot of comment by Jim Roberts letting her know that no one can help her.
Jim Roberts is an immigration attorney so perhaps that is why he feels confident posting comments stating that no one can help Sofia Roberts.
Is Natalia Roberts just a self-absorbed woman who is perhaps jealous of her beautiful daughter and all the attention she receives or is she is truly a concerned parent?
Is she simply the type of woman who is more concerned with the man in her life and to heck with her daughter?
How ironic that her mother came to the US on a student Visa, yet denies her daughter the same opportunities.
According to Jim Roberts comments, she does’t even want to talk to her daughter, however, she has written lengthy emails to the media outlets in the US and Russia that have published Sofia’s story.
Even after hearing the allegations of abuse that forced Roberts out of her father’s home and into a youth center, she still has not been allowed to come home.
Wild child or not, her never-ending punishment seems unusually harsh.
While Roberts anger at the mother and stepfather is understandable, and to many justified, they seem to hold all the cards at this point.
And unfortunately, neither her mother or stepfather is interested in having her return to the US.