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A glimpse into history
31.05.2005 00:00

70 years ago the Soviet government decided to combat the issue of orphans. The real steps were taken even earlier, straight after the devastating Civil War and the famine sweeping across the country.
      
      
       In 1921, there were 4.5m orphans in Russia dying young, committing crimes and leaving the outlook for the nations future gloomy. The government introduced a full-blown drive setting up chains of orphanages, improving adoption schemes, sending them south to the regions where crops were rich. Special committees fought for literacy among the youth.
      
      
       The all-out campaign helped the country get over the precipitous times. 70 years on, the younger generation looks to take to the streets again. This time, again, there is no off-the-shelf solution. Back then the children could embrace the Soviet state because of its upbeat ideology and focused attention, but nowadays the powers that be seems to be missing wholesome ideas.


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