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Russian Federation: Children’s Day. There is no task more important: Protecting the rights of children

, Index number: EUR 46/092/2003

There are 155 internats (state orphanages) in the Russian Federation which are home to around 29,000 children. A further 19,400 children up to the age of four are housed in children's homes. A significant number of these children have a mental disability. Parents of children born with mental disability are often recommended to give up their child to state care at birth. If the parents agree, they sign a document giving up their legal rights as parents.

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