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Money for Abandoned Kids

President Dmitry Medvedev ordered federal and regional authorities to jointly develop by August proposals for funding children abandoned by their parents and left in the care of the state, RIA-Novosti reported Wednesday.

Orphans whose parents are dead receive regular payments from the state, accumulating on their personal banking accounts to provide them 200,000 to 300,000 rubles ($6,500 to $9,800) upon discharge from orphanage. But abandoned children receive no such support.

Medvedev said the state should make payments to abandoned children — and take the money from the parents.

About 90 percent of children in orphanages are abandoned, with almost none receiving money from their parents, RIA-Novosti said.

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