Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. The Moscow Orphanage or Foundling Home (Russian: Ð’Ð¾ÑÐ¿Ð¸Ñ‚Ð°Ñ‚ÐµÐ»ÑŒÐ½Ñ‹Ð¹ Ð´Ð¾Ð¼ Ð² ÐœÐ¾ÑÐºÐ²Ðµ) was an ambitious project conceived by Catherine the Great and Ivan Betskoy, in the early 1760s. This idealistic experiment of the Age of Enlightenment was intended to manufacture ideal citizens" for the Russian state by bringing up thousands of abandoned children to a very high standard of refinement, cultivation, and professional qualifications. Despite more than adequate staffing and financing, the Orphanage was plagued by high infant mortality and ultimately failed as a social institution."
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