“The Desperate Situation of Children with Disabilities in Russian Institutions,” Sergey Koloskov

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:  

http://www.disabilityworld.org/01-03_02/children/russia.shtml

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.

An update: Russia: Children with Disabilities Face Violence, Neglect; End ‘Orphanage’ System; Support Family Care

Another assessment of the current situation: Despite progress over the last 25 years . . .

The Struggle: Russia: Are efforts to help thousands of ‘abandoned’ children being resisted?

A good story: This Russian orphanage is fighting to keep its disabled kids out of mental asylums 

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