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Ksenia Les

NOOR - The chosen family

Ksenia Les born in Russia in 1988. She is based between Berlin and Russia where she works as a documentary photographer on  long-term projects with the focus on the Russian identity beyond the stereotypes. she is one of the founders of the online platform about the photography from the post soviet states OSTLOOK.

The chosen family


I depict a story of the Russian family Morozovy from Kaliningrad who adopted 13 children (also brothers and sisters) starting from 2009 after their own children became grownups and left the house. The family receives 8000 rubles subsidy for a child per month (around 100 euros) and is allowed to live in a former kindergarten. The couple (Larisa and Sergey, former construction store chain manager and her employee), lives on the poverty line and thus experiences problems with educating the adopted children. Order and house rules are enforced by strong authoritative methods. Nevertheless, all children call Larisa and Sergey „mom“and „dad“ and enjoy a life without existential fears.


Only a few families in Russia adopt children due to possible prejudices of society and the fear of raising traumatized children. Children who grow up in orphanages are often not given adequate psychological and physical care. Former orphans in Russia are often stereotyped as alcoholics, criminals or too stupid to work.

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Katya, 14, is showing a circle
A calm saturday afternoon. Children are returning back from scho
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Mother Larisa wants to visit her adopted daughter Vera with newl
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