Children’s Committee of the All-Russian Central Executive Committee / Reception Shelter

Address: Moskvoretskaya Promenade 1/13, Moscow

Moscow orphanage at the end of the 1920’s. The shelter of the Children’s Committee of the All-Russian Central Executive Committee was presumably located in one of the buildings of the Moscow orphanage. Photo: PastVu

Moscow orphanage at the end of the 1920s. The shelter of the Children’s Committee of the All-Russian Central Executive Committee was presumably located in one of the buildings of the Moscow orphanage. Photo: PastVu

A reception shelter functioned within the Detkomissiya (Children’s Committee) of the All-Russian Central Executive Committee, which was founded in 1921. Both children, who had lost their parents and become homeless, and parents in need could come to the shelter.

The shelter was likely a part of the PRP (shelter-deliverer point), where children could be kept for some time. Some children in need received one-time financial support or help to cover the cost of a ticket home. Others passed through the sanitary check and stayed at the PRP. From there, they were then sent to various children’s educational and training institutions. Lost children and those who had been kicked out of their homes were returned to their parents. Many children were left in units (where exactly remains unclear) from one to two months after their identification.

Anna Margolis, Dariya Durneva