President Putin dining with orphans (epa file photo)
YEAR OF THE FAMILY: During Russian President Vladimir Putin's address to the nation in April, 2007, he outlined a number of initiatives designed to make 2008 the "Year of the Family."
The presidential suggestions were in keeping with broader efforts to address Russia's demographic crisis, including the dire situation of the country's approximately 750,000 orphans.
They also appealed to nationalist sentiments fueling a movement against "selling our children abroad." ...more...