“I thought until the very end that it was some kind of hellish misunderstanding,” she wrote, “and that everything would be cleared up.”

Addressing their claim that she was preparing for gender reassignment surgery, Savinovskikh said she wrote stories about the life of a transgender person using a male pseudonym.

“I just reduced my breasts,” she was cited as saying by the Znak.com news website, adding she was not planning a sex change.

“With or without breasts, I’ll remain a woman, a mother to my children.”

On Thursday, the state-run RIA Novosti news agency cited a court official in Yekaterinburg as saying that it had turned down Savinovskikh’s appeal for custody of the two boys.

Children’s rights ombudswoman Anna Kuznetsova told RIA that she would look into the incident. “Let’s not indulge in fantasies, invent details or jump to conclusions,” she was cited as saying.