Russian women were asked by President Vladimir Putin to have as many as eight children and opt for large families.
Putin made this request to the Russian women while addressing the World Russian People’s Council in Moscow on Tuesday.
Putin’s request was regarding the declining birth rate in Russia since the 1990s. According to a report in The Independent, the Russian president said increasing Russia’s population will be “our goal for the coming decades”.
“Many of our ethnic groups have preserved the tradition of having strong multigenerational families with four, five, or even more children. Let us remember that Russian families, many of our grandmothers and great-grandmothers had seven, eight, or even more children,” Mr Putin said while addressing the council via video link on Tuesday (November 28).
The full speech has been uploaded on the Russian President’s official website.
The Independent said that Russia’s population was 146,447,424 on January 1, 2023, lower than the figure in 1999 when Mr Putin assumed the presidency.