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"Children in Russia - 2009" - New study launched in Moscow

January 22, 2010

At the RIA-NOVOSTI news agency, UNICEF Russia and the Federal State Statistics Service (Rosstat) of the Russian Federation today jointly presented the main findings of the statistical study "Children in Russia - 2009".

The statistical handbook has brought together information on eight areas covering principal spheres of children’s activities, including child health, education, social protection of families with children, economic activities of adolescents, juvenile delinquency, criminal offences against juveniles, children’s leisure activities. Prior to the publication of the statistical handbook, the above data was included into various statistical manuals on specific areas of the state statistics, which impeded their search and use.       

The materials included in the statistical handbook “Children in Russia – 2009” will be used when preparing the next fourth-fifth periodic report of the Russian Federation to the Committee on the Rights of the Child, conducting a review of the situation of children in Russia, preparing a national Plan of Action with regard to children and relevant government reports and documents on issues concerning social policies for children.

Data as of the end of 2008:

  • Over 26 million children aged 0-17 were reported in Russia. In 1995, the child population in Russia stood at about 38 million.
  • In 2008, due to a considerable reduction in infant and under-five mortality rates, the possibility for Russian children to see their fifth birthday increased more than twofold compared to 1995.
  • About 714,000 children are without parental care, with over 136,000 children living in residential care. 
  • There are 74,000 children whose parents are deprived of their parental rights (this number has increased 2.3-fold since 1995).
  • Over 506,000 children are disabled.
  • Over 126,000 minors have suffered from criminal abuse (in 2000, child victims of criminal abuse numbered 104,000).

The release of the statistical handbook “Children in Russia – 2009” allows to conduct a substantive analysis of the available system of statistical indicators on children and develop proposals and recommendations on how to improve it, including making consistent the main indicators describing the situation of children and their well-being in order that the data could be compared both on the inter-regional and international levels.

Besides the above collection of statistical data, more materials are planned to be released in 2010 within the framework of the ongoing cooperation between Rosstat and UNICEF, which would also give a better idea of the current situation of children and young people in Russia and, ultimately,  contribute to full implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. 

Read more in Russian - Full report in English

For more information:

Елена Харитонова
Специалист по связям с общественностью, ЮНИСЕФ
Тел. (495) 937-21-95

Яна Негреева
Помощник по связям с общественностью, ЮНИСЕФ
Тел.: (495) 937-21-85

Светлана Юрьевна Никитина
Начальник отдела Управления статистики населения и здравоохранения, Росстат
Тел.: (495) 632-92-19





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