Roman Avdeev: Passions of a philosopher banker

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Roman Avdeev’s latest philanthropic project, Good Arithmetic, was founded this year to support Russia’s legion of orphans – recent estimates put the number as high as 700,000 – as children and young adults. For Avdeev, however, its most important function will be working to prevent orphanhood – the vast majority of abandoned children in Russia have parents living – and promote adoption.

"The government is spending a lot of money to improve conditions in orphanages but what we really need is to convince people that orphanages are not the answer," he says....