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Hey there, mother of that squabbling brood of eight menacing Russian children: Vladimir Putin wants to take a group photo. In fact, he wants to bestow upon you the Order of Parental Glory, an award given to parents who raise seven or more children (biological or adopted) to be law-abiding citizens of the Russian Federation. The endless child rearing-related expenses, forcing of tiny feet into even tinier shoes, and expectation of boundless emotional support and availability? Here you go, have a shiny medal!
The Russian population is shrinking, and fast. By 2050, the United States Census Bureau estimates that Russia will lose more than 30 million people, a population decline of over 20%. The Order of Parental Glory is one of several incentives President Putin’s regime has introduced to combat the hydra of mortality rates, abortion, and economic hardship that has long been thwarting the country’s growth: Families with two or more kids are offered government-subsidized mortgage interest rates; those in more meager economic circumstances are offered even more cash per kid.
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But for those who are really committed, The Order of Parental Glory is the ultimate childbearing honor. Established in 2008, the award is presented at a pomp-laden ceremony on or around International Children’s Day (June 9). Invited families visit the Kremlin for...
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