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Over Half Of Russian Children Live In Poverty

Moscow, 29 January 2004 (RFE/RL) -- A top Russian official says over half of the country's children live below the poverty line.

Deputy Prime Minister Galina Karelova said 17 million children (56 percent) live in families where the average income is below the poverty level.

She also told lawmakers that at least 700,000 Russian children are orphans, and that nearly one in three children lives with only one parent.