While Russia is traditionally Orthodox Christian, the society is still recovering from the Soviet era. There are grave problems; the nation is fighting for it’s soul.
Here is an expose by Sergey Koloskov, a parent of a Down’s Syndrome child, of the situation of children with disabilities in Russian institutions. While the Church makes efforts, there are many deplorable situations:
Note: This article was written in 2001; progress has been made since then; but this sad picture still exists in far too many places, not only in Russia, but throughout the world.
Another assessment of the current situation: Despite progress over the last 25 years . . .