Image by Anastasia Udenko. Russia, 2015.
Image by Anastasia Udenko. Russia, 2015.

Psycho-neurological boarding houses in Russia are permanent residences for people with mental disabilities. Residents spend 15-20 years or more within the walls of these asylums, which are segregated based on gender.

According to official statistics from 2013, there were over 1,300 mental houses for adults in Russia and more than 150,000 people live there.

Residents in these institutions are deprived of a basic human need—the need for love (to love and be loved), which is especially important for people with mental illness since it directly impacts their emotional state.

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