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Orphans fostered in Russia up 40 percent

January 16, 2014, 14:01 UTC+3 MOSCOW
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MOSCOW, January 16. /ITAR-TASS/. The number of orphaned children in Russia adopted by foster parents increased by 40 percent in the first half of 2013, Presidential Commissioner for Children's Rights Pavel Astakhov told an Itar-Tass news conference on Thursday.

“In the whole of 2013, about 65,900 children were placed in foster families, 6.7 percent more than in the previous year. In 2012, the number of fostered orphans amounted to 61,400 children,” he said.

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