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MOSCOW, January 30 (Itar-Tass) — A girl committed suicide at the Severoonezhsky orphanage in the Arkhangelsk Region, the press service of Russian presidential children’s rights commissioner Pavel Astakhov confirmed the report to Itar-Tass on Sunday. A 15-year-old girl hanged herself two months after she together with two underage sisters was taken away from the parents by the child adoption agency.
“We are investigating the situation. The children’s rights commissioner in the Arkhangelsk Region went to the Severoonezhsky orphanage. Certainly the suicide of the child at the orphanage is a serious incident and the prosecutor’s office is investigating the case. The lawfulness of taking the children away from the family should be investigated,” the press service told Itar-Tass with the reference to Pavel Astakhov.
The Russian presidential children’s rights commissioner noted that every year more than 90,000 orphans and children left without parental care are reported in Russia. The Ministry of Education and Science reported that about 50% of them are adopted by relatives, usually grandparents. About 25,000 orphans are brought to special child’s asylums, about 4,000 children are adopted (a third of them are adopted by foreigners), the others are brought in foster families.