Give Birth to a Patriot on Russia Day

Moscow Times rapporterar att guvenören i Ulyanovsk vill att medborgarna får ledigt idag så att de kan vara hemma och göra patrioter:

”Governor Sergei Morozov has declared Wednesday ”Family Contact Day” as part of an initiative under which prizes are awarded to families that have babies on Russia Day. Wednesday is precisely nine months before the June 12 holiday, prompting some newspapers to dub the celebration ”Conception Day.”

The Ulyanovsk initiative, called ”Give Birth to a Patriot on Russia Day,” is in line with President Vladimir Putin’s call to fight the demographic crisis by increasing the birthrate. Russia has experienced a steep population decline since the Soviet collapse.

”The initiative is directed at improving the demographic situation in the region,” said Morozov’s spokeswoman, who declined to give her name in accordance with her office’s policy.”

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