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Physical abuse of children a major problem for Russia

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MOSCOW, February 20 (RIA Novosti) - Domestic violence has become a major disaster for Russia, where over two million children are beaten by their parents every year, a leader of a Russian human rights movement said on Wednesday.

"According to experts, a total of 50,000 children flee home and 70,000 are abused annually," Olga Kostina, the leader of a non-governmental movement, Soprotivlenye, added.

Lyudmila Guseva, the head of Moscow's department for family and youth policies, said that, on average, five people were deprived of their parental rights every day in Moscow.

She also said that five out of every nine marriages registered in Moscow end in divorce, leaving over 18,000 children in single-parent families annually.

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