Four severely neglected 'Mowgli children' have been found living inside a hellhole flat in a Moscow suburb.
The children lived in a flat full of rotting garbage in 'socially dangerous conditions', according to the authorities in Mytishchi, north of Moscow.
The three boys and one girl, all under nine, were said to have survived on mildewed bread collected from local rubbish bins, according to reports, and were exhausted and dirty' when authorities found them.
None of the boys, who are believed to be aged six, four and two, had been registered at birth and had never seen a doctor or attended school.
Their dates of birth are unknown to the authorities, although their sister Sofia, eight, was registered when she was born.
After they were rescued, the children were taken away from their mother Inessa Kuznetsova, 32, a college graduate, and her grandmother Galina Kuznetsova, 66.
They were sent to orphanages but are now together in a foster family.
A police officer who rescued the children said: 'The smell in the apartment was terrible. The children were peeing in pots that nobody cleaned.
'From the food we found only bread with mould and a few spoiled apples.
'The girl, aged eight, not only does not know the alphabet, but also cannot name colours. She seems to have frozen in her development at the age of a four year old.'
Despite this, the other children evidently look up to her as their main source of support and love.
'All the children have speech impairments,' said the police source.
The four neglected children lived in a flat full of rotting garbage in 'socially dangerous conditions', according to the authorities in Mytishchi, north of Moscow.