Russian President Vladimir Putin is ready to pay £13,500 those women who give birth to 10 children to help the country's decreasing population.
New Delhi: In order to change the demographic problem that occurred due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the Russia-Ukraine war, Russian president Vladimir Putin is ready to provide money to women who have 10 or more children. As per the scheme, which includes a single payment of £13,500 to conceive and nurture 10 children, it is being described as a desperate effort by experts.
Dr Jenny Mathers, an expert in Russian politics and security, spoke to Times Radio host Henry Bonsu about the new scheme set by Russia, which is known as Mother Heroine, a new initiative that Putin introduced to help the country’s decreasing population.
The change took place after Russia announced its highest number of daily coronavirus cases since March this year and as estimates of the number of Ukrainian soldier fatalities are nearing 50,000.
Dr Mathers said Putin has been urging people who have large families to be more patriotic.
Mr Bonsu said the award was given during the Soviet era for mothers of ten or more children. It is called the Mother Heroine.
He further said, “It means Russia has been facing difficulties with demographics, striving to attract enough people to populate the nation.”
He claimed that besides the war in Ukraine, the COVID-19 outbreak has seriously harmed Russia’s demographics.
“So, it is clear that this is an attempt to motivate Russian women to have more babies and larger families,” he explained.
“But who will be ready to nurture 10 children for £13,500?” Where are they all going to live in the meantime? “There are many economic, social, and political problems in Russia,” he said.