700,000 children in Russia live in orphanages and foster homes, 4x number per capita in the US

"Russia currently has more than 700,000 children living in orphanages and foster homes - four times as many per capita as does the United States. More than 80 percent of them are not orphans at all but have living parents who can't take care of them" (page 71).

Irina Aleksander, "Cold War Kids: The international dispute over Russia's orphans," Harper's Magazine, 327, no. 1961 (2013), 71.

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