The Streetkids of St. Petersburg

In 1991, thousands of children were roaming through the republics of the Soviet Union. They had fled orphanages or their broken families, constantly running from the militia. In St. Petersburg, they had to live in ruins and train stations. The „House of Peace“ was their last place to go to find refuge in the city. After homeless children and adults had begun to occupy empty apartments and houses in St. Petersburg the children were able to find a place to sleep there, they were given food and even some school classes. Furthermore, they were protected from the Russian militia that otherwise would’ve caught them on the street in order to put them into distribution camps.