In order to reverse the demographic problem that the Covid-19 outbreak and the Russia-Ukraine war caused, Russian President Vladimir Putin is giving money to women who have 10 or more children. Experts have called the scheme, which includes a single payment of £13,500 to conceive and raise 10 children, a desperate effort.
Dr. Jenny Mathers, a specialist in Russian politics and security, spoke to Times Radio host Henry Bonsu about the Mother Heroine incentive program, a new initiative Putin introduced to help the country’s decreasing population.
The discovery comes as estimates of the number of soldiers killed in Ukraine approaching 50,000 and Russia announced its highest daily coronavirus infections since March of this year.
According to Dr. Mathers, Putin has claimed that those with large families are more patriotic.
The Mother Heroine award, which dates back to the Soviet era, is given to mothers who have ten or more children, according to Mr. Bonsu. It’s an effort to address Russia’s demographic crisis, which the conflict in Ukraine has made worse.
“In accordance with the directive, women will get a one-time payment of 1 million roubles, or roughly £13,500, after their tenth kid turns one, provided that the other nine children are all still alive. This comes off as hopeless. Is it? ” he inquired.
Dr. Mathers responded, “It is, in fact. It is fairly hopeless. Since the 1990s, Russia has sometimes struggled with its demography in terms of trying to populate the nation with enough people.”
He claimed that in addition to the conflict in Ukraine, the Covid-19 outbreak has seriously harmed Russia’s demographics.
Therefore, he stated, “This is certainly an effort to inspire or urge Russian women to have more children and incredibly large families.”
“But who can think of bringing up ten kids for £13,500? Where will they all be residing in the interim? In Russia, there are several economic, social, and political issues”, he claimed.