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BREAKING! Putin:The Birth Rate is Falling Again! We Must Do Everything To Support Russian Families

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I would like to start the main part of my Address with demography, how many children are born in Russian families in one, five or ten years, on these children’s upbringing, on what kind of people they become and what they will do for the country, as well as on the values they choose as their mainstay in life There are nearly 147 million of us now

But we have entered a difficult, a very difficult demographic period The measures we took starting in the mid-2000s have had a positive effect on demography We have even reached a stage of natural increase This is why we have more children at schools now However, new families are being created now by the small generation of the 1990s

And the birth rate is falling again This is the main problem of the current demographic period in Russia The aggregate birth rate, which is the key index showing the number of births per woman, was only 15 in 2019, according to tentative estimates Is this few or many? It is not enough for our country

It is approximately equal to the figure reported in many European countries But it is not enough for Russia I can tell you by way of comparison that the figure was 13 in 1943, during the Great Patriotic War It was only lower in the 1990s: 1

16 in 1999, lower even than during the Great Patriotic War There were very few families with two children, and some couples had to put off starting a family I want to say once again that we are alarmed by the negative demographic forecasts It is our historic duty to respond to this challenge We must not only get out of this demographic trap but ensure a sustainable natural population growth by 2025

The aggregate birth rate must be 17 in 2024 Demography is a sector where universal or parochial solutions cannot be effective Each step we take and each new law or government programme we adopt must be scrutinised from the viewpoint of our top national priority – the preservation and increase of Russia’s population As we build a long-term policy to support families, it must be based on specific life situations

We need to look closely at difficulties faced by new families, families with many children or single-parent families The most sensitive and crucial issue is the opportunity to enrol one’s child in a day nursery Earlier, we allocated funds from the federal budget to help the regions create 255,000 new places in day nurseries by the end of 2021 However, in 2018 to 2019, instead of 90,000, 78,000 new places were created, out of which only 37,500 places can actually be provided to kids Other places are unavailable simply because an educational licence is still not obtained

This means that these nurseries are not ready to enrol children Governors, heads of other constituent entities, my dear colleagues, this is not how work is done Come on! It means we have created 77,700 places that are still not fully available Half of them cannot operate – and we must create 177,300 by 2021 I am asking you to do everything (although it will be very difficult now, however, it needs to be done) to close this gap

Once again, we must work across all areas of family support

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