The Children of Russia: Victims of Crisis, Beneficiaries of International Law
(1999) Vol 11 Child and Family Law Quarterly pp. 125-135
21 Pages Posted: 26 Dec 2012
Date Written: April 30, 1999
This article seeks to analyse and explore the present plight of Russian children, the legislative and organisational attempts to address their problems, and some of the most controversial issues, especially the nightmare of abandoned children, the so-called “social orphans,” as well as the related and highly politicised issue of international adoption. In both these issues, the recently founded non-governmental organisations have played a key role, as has the mass media. Indeed, there are some positive features of the present Russian social and legal landscape, and this article seeks to give a more balanced account of a complex and dynamic situation.
Keywords: Russia, children, children’s health, Family Code, social orphans, inter-country adoption, crime, communism, Convention on the Rights of the Child, nationalism
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