Rare access to the closed world of Russia's orphanages


Ambitious plans to find homes for many of the children in Russia's orphanages are running into strong institutional resistance, child welfare campaigners have warned.

The Kremlin has launched a programme to move tens of thousands of children out of institutions and into family homes. Most have been abandoned by their parents and receive little or no education. But campaigners say there is opposition to reform from institutions that benefit from the state funding orphans attract.

Newsnight's Tim Whewell obtained rare access to this closed institutional world to try to find out whether the hundreds of thousands of children locked away there can really be rescued.

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