Kremlin experts pondering Astakhov plan and other children's programs - Peskov

Kremlin experts are pondering the "Russia without Orphans" program of Presidential Children's Rights Ombudsman Pavel Astakhov and similar plans, presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Wednesday.

Media reports claiming that "the Kremlin has blocked the program are wrong and incorrect," Peskov said.

The country has numerous programs pertaining to the position of children, including orphans, he reported.

"These programs are created in independent subdivisions. The Astakhov program cannot be blocked by the presidential administration because Astakhov is a part of this administration. His program and others are being pondered at expert subdivisions," Peskov said.

An article published on the Izvestia website on Wednesday claimed the Kremlin had decided to decline Astakhov's program "Russia without Orphans."

"This is nothing but Astakhov's PR action. All programs of this ombudsman are completely populist," a Kremlin source told the newspaper.

The children's ombudsman declared his intention to draft a concept of combating parentlessness back in November 2011, the newspaper recalled.

Three months later he presented the initial edition of the program to the national administration. The project targets support to families, which adopt orphans, distribution of budget funds from orphanages to adoptive families, better training of prospective adoptive families and a review of the system of control over such families. Astakhov has repeatedly upgraded his program.

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