On Monday, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree reviving the Soviet-era “Mother Heroine” award for women with more than 10 children in a bid to alleviate the demographic crisis in Russia.
Originally, the award was presented by Joseph Stalin after World War II, when the Soviet population plummeted into the tens of millions.
The prize ceased to exist with the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.
A payment of 1 million rubles (about R$87,000) will be given to Russian mothers once their 10th child is one year old, if all 10 survive.
According to the latest Rosstat statistics published this summer, Russia’s population shrank by an average of 86,000 people a month between January and May, a record.
In addition, Russia is suffering heavy losses among troops in Ukraine, but the true number of casualties has not been released.
In an attempt to alleviate Russia’s population crisis, the Kremlin also focused on promoting traditional values.
Source: CNN Brasil