Thursday, October 21, 2004

30,000 children and teenagers go missing in Russia every year

homeless Russian girl

Leonid Chekalin, head of a Russian public watchdog, "put the number of homeless children at nearly 2.5 million and said that 2,000 children commit suicide every year [in Russia]," according to this Mosnews article.

This BBC article states that “90% of Russia’s children are unhealthy,” and discusses how “In the years since the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russians have become used to seeing children begging on the streets and scavenging in gangs around housing estates and railway stations.”


Research shows that citizens of ex-Soviet countries are the most unhappy people in the world.


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