An idea of a regional governor to give workers time off to make more workers back in 2007 seems have been resuscitated by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, who just told his people to stop the “demographic crises” and “go forth and multiply.
According to U.K.’s The Independent, Medevev promised bonuses to families who had 3 or more children, giving as an example the Ivanova region, where workers who procreate at the desired rate are given land!
Stating that the low birth rate since the demise of the Soviet Union “a serious threat [and] a challenge to the whole nation,” Medevev’s government has recently begun giving awards and bonuses of about $9,000 U.S. to those citizens who are especially prolific parents. Medevev also hinted that parents would received extra benefits that increased for every child they added to their families.
Back in 2007, HRSBT told you about Regional Governor Sergei Morozov, who gave workers a half day off—as well as instructional booklets—on the provincial (and literal) Family Contact Day to “create a patriot.” The September 12 holiday was jokingly referred to as “Conception Day.”
Morozov promised prizes (televisions, refrigerators, cars, and dirt bikes) on June 12, 2008, which was Russia Day, to public workers who reproduced, and he encouraged private employers to also give their employees free time “to do their patriotic duty.”
In June 2008, HRSBT dutifully updated our readers and reported that Conception Day had been very fruitful. The birth rate was up 4.5 percent over the previous year, and local hospitals were 3 times busier than on the same date a year before! Several lucky couples in the region drove their infants away in shiny new black SUVs.
Reporter Shaun Walker says this speech to encourage workers to stem the declining population decline is the opener for another presidential campaign by Medvedev in 2012 (although Vladimir Putin could be a spoiler). We will see if in 9 months, Medvedev’s speech had the desired results.