On November 28, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that families with many children should become a dominant trend in modern Russia, asserting that achieving this goal should be the Russian government’s utmost priority.
Addressing his audience at the World Russian People’s Council, a forum organized under the jurisdiction of the Russian Orthodox Church, Putin highlighted the importance of family values.
“Large families must become the norm, a way of life for all of Russia’s peoples,” he said, describing the family not only as the pillar on which the state and society stand, but also as “a source of morality.”
Putin proceeded to state that many ethnic groups in Russia have maintained the tradition of having “multigenerational families” with at least four or five children. “Russian families, many of our grandmothers and great-grandmothers had seven, eight, or even more children,” he pointed out, calling on everyone to “preserve and revive these excellent traditions.”
For many years, Russian officials have been trying to remedy what they describe as a “daunting” situation — a plummeting birth rate — by providing parents with an incentive of several thousand dollars. Inaugurated in 2007, this federal…