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.