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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Abandonment Rises

MOSCOW -- Russia has at least 625,000 abandoned children, most of them not orphaned but deserted by their parents, and the number is on the rise, Itar-Tass reported Tuesday.

Thousands of children in Russia run away from home, usually to escape alcoholic parents who rarely try later to find their kids. Some are also abandoned as newborns, left at maternity clinics by mothers who can't afford or don't want to raise a child.

Only 10 percent of Russia's abandoned children are orphans, Itar-Tass reported. 66 percent of abandoned children are adopted, the report said. The rest are sent to orphanages, most of which are in miserable condition.