Russian President Vladimir Putin is paying women to have 10 or more children to ease the country's demographic crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic and the Russia-Ukraine war. The venture, which involves a lump sum of £13,500 to deliver 10 babies and keep them alive, is described by experts as a desperate effort.
Dr. Jenny Mathers, an expert on Russian politics and security, spoke to broadcaster Henry Bonsu on Times Radio about the new Russian bounty scheme known as Mother Heroine, which Putin has announced as a measure to compensate for the shrinking population. Since March, Russia, like the rest of the world, has been hit by the coronavirus. . According to an estimate, 50,000 Russians have died in the Ukraine war. This includes the Russian military and civilians as well. In this background, now the Russian government has taken a big decision.
Dr. Mathers said Putin was saying that those with larger families were more patriotic. "Women who have ten or more children are called mother heroines, a Soviet-era award," Bonsu said. This is an attempt to address Russia's demographic crisis exacerbated by the war in Ukraine." According to the Putin government, if a woman gives birth to 10 or more children and all 10 of her children are alive, the woman will be entitled to a birth certificate on the first birthday of child number 10, a year after birth, the 10th child. Putin has also announced that 1 million Russian Rubles ( about $16650 ) will be paid to those women who will give birth to 10 or more children.