Vladimir Putin Urges Russian Women To Have "8 Or More" Children

Vladimir Putin's remarks are being linked to the Ukraine War in which Russia has suffered a high number of casualties. However, in his speech, he did not directly refer to Russian soldiers' deaths in the conflict.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has urged women in the country to have as many as eight children and make large families the "norm". Mr Putin said this while addressing the World Russian People's Council in Moscow on Tuesday. Russia's birth rate has been falling since 1990s and the country has suffered more than 300,000 casualties since the start of Ukraine War in February last year, The Independent said in a report. Mr Putin said boosting Russia's population will be "our goal for the coming decades".

Russia President, Vladimir Putin (Photo Credit: Instagram)

"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).

"Let us preserve and revive these excellent traditions. Large families must become the norm, a way of life for all Russia's peoples. The family is not just the foundation of the state and society, it is a spiritual phenomenon, a source of morality," he added.

Source: ndtv

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