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Russian Orphans

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Russian Orphans

Russian Orphans

Russian Orphans

Only Available in Archive Formats.

NPR's Michele Kelemen reports from a rural area of Russia south of Moscow on a commune that has been set up for children as an alternative to state-run orphanages. Children eat together, and live in family units with foster parents and siblings. For the children, the commune in Kitezh seems a welcome break from the harsh, often abusive, conditions of traditional Russian orphanages. For the foster parents, it is a chance to escape the poverty of rural Russia and get in touch with their spiritual selves.