People in Rusinovo
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Hard times in Russia's 'blind village' Rusinovo

8 September 2012 Last updated at 09:29 BST

The village of Rusinovo was created in the days of the Soviet Union, when state money was widely used to fund housing and employment schemes.

A large number of visually impaired people were moved to the settlement, which was supposed to be a ''paradise for the blind''. But for some of today's residents it is a very different story.

Gennady Alasheev reports.

Video produced by BBC Russian's Vladimir Ruvinsky and Oleg Boldyrev.