Only a year ago, Russia's demographic crisis was in the spotlight. The country was depopulating at a rate of 700,000 a year. It drove the government to declare 2008 the year of the family and to come up with policies to boost the birth rate. And results show they seem to be working.
The number of babies born last year jumped to about two million – up 8.3 per cent from the year before and a post-Soviet record.
At 141.9 million, Russia’s population is the world’s eighth biggest. But that won’t last long. Projections show it will have one of highest rates of population decline between now and 2050, according to the Population Reference Bureau and Russia’s State Statistics Service.
The number of babies born last year jumped to about 1.6 million – up 20 per cent on last year and a post-Soviet record.
Another piece of good news is that the rate of decline is slowing. Russia is now expected to have 110.1 million people in 2050, up from the 109.4 million projected last year.
New government programmes support first-time mothers as well as working mums willing to have more kids after a certain age.
Leading gynecologist Mark Kurtser says: “There is definitely an age shift within women giving birth today. There are many more second, third and fourth births, and, accordingly, the women giving birth are older”.
Elena Kondratinskaya is a violinist and plays in an orchestra. She had her first baby at the age of 30 and is now discovering the pros and cons of having a child with government support and encouragement.
“The doctor was really nice, so were the hospital staff. It was clean and you could get professional help or advice at any time of the day. The new baby boom in Russia has brought in a change of attitude,” Kondratinskaya says.
Adoption in focus too
The adoption campaign has also become a main focus for the State this year. Adopting from orphanages and centres for disabled kids, which was once taboo, is now commonplace.
Orphanage head Yulia Topylova says this year has been a critical one in adoption.
“If you compare the years 2005, 2006 and 2007, the number of adoptions is higher in just 8 months of 2008 that the three previous years put together and before there were many more foreign adoption cases as opposed to Russian and now it’s the opposite,” Topylova said.
Adoption has become simpler for Russians but there still needs to be continuous financial support for new families.
I think the biggest problem of our countries is low fertility rate. In each Slavic countries there is less and less people, especially young. The worst situation is in Bulgaria, but also in Ukraine and Russia. I am afraid that for 100 years will be no Slavs. What do u think about it?
I think that the main problem will be not to die out as a race but to die out of our culture, the tide of American language and culture is relentless, many people are leaving Slavic countries to go work and set up roots elsewhere, taking advantage of European union and visa free arrangements with u.s.a etc. and Slavic women are seeking husbands from overseas, you just have to see all the adverts on this forum advertising Russian women etc. looking for love, bla bla. All the Western companies are buying out Slavic ones and changing products so that they resemble american ones eg. junk food outlets, It is very subtle, but one by one our countries will succumb to such ploys especially if people don't think about it and think very seriously about it to prevent it from happening. If all things continue then the world will one day have one uniform culture resembling the British or american way of life.
At least 20 people who attempted to hold the annual gay parade in Moscow have been arrested by police, but gay rights supporters say they are going to stage another rally during the day.
The march has already been banned by authorities, much like in previous years. In addition, a lesbian couple earlier in the week on May 12 attempted to have the first-ever civil partnership in Russia.
Irina Fet and her girlfriend Irina Shipitko booked their appointment for Tuesday, paid the fee, picked up their bridal bouquets and arrived at the Registry Office in the center of Moscow. Only there did they find out that same sex couples can’t get married in Russia.
Other way to handle these pervos, like in Belgrad
Last Edit: Dec 29, 2020 20:58:21 GMT -5 by TsarSamuil
Post by TsarSamuil on Sept 17, 2009 5:09:04 GMT -5
Millionaire gets 8 years for sex with Russian orphans
MOSCOW, September 17 (RIA Novosti) - A U.S. district court sentenced on Wednesday wealthy businessman and charity founder Andrew Mogilyansky to eight years in prison for having sex with teenage girls, the Philadelphia Inquirer said.
Indicted in December, Mogilyansky, a dual Russian-U.S. citizen, pleaded guilty to the charges in April. The prosecution said he took two thirteen-year-old girls and one fourteen-year-old to his apartment in St. Petersburg from their orphanage where he had sex with them.
The judge also ordered Mogilyansky to spend 15 years on supervised release after serving his prison term, and to pay $5,000 in compensation to each of his victims, and a $12,500 fine, the paper said.
"This is a grave criminal act," said Judge Mary A. McLaughlin. "Their [the victims] lives will be different because they were harmed by Mr. Mogilyansky."
Mogilyansky was initially charged with organizing an online child prostitution ring in the Russian capital and bringing over orphaned girls from St. Petersburg from 2002 to 2004 together with four other men, who were tried and convicted in Russia in 2004. He faced 15-30 years in jail.
The charges were later dropped for those of "sex tourism." The prison term is at the top of the sentencing-guideline range for the crimes.
Going abroad to have sex with underage children is known as sex tourism. It falls under a federal law that allows U.S. authorities to prosecute Americans who have sex with children on foreign soil.
That office began looking at Mogilyansky in 2004 after Russian authorities identified him as a suspect in their investigation of an Internet-based prostitution business.
The courtroom was filled with Mogilyansky's supporters. His wealth was reported at about $5 million from his businesses, including a car export firm and publishing the Russian Yellow Pages, the paper said.
Serbian gay parade is called off 'We're waiting for you' poster in Belgrade Belgrade is full of posters telling participants: "We're expecting you"
A Gay Pride march in Serbia has been called off after police told organisers they could not guarantee its safety.
One of the organisers said Serbia's prime minister had urged them to switch Sunday's rally from central Belgrade, but the proposal was "unacceptable".
President Boris Tadic vowed on Friday to protect the participants.
Anti-gay groups had threatened violence if the march were allowed to go ahead. "We're expecting you" posters had been stuck around the Serbian capital.
"Pride parades are traditionally organised in the main streets of big cities," said one of the organisers, Dragana Vuckovic.
It is "unacceptable" to stage the parade in a "field", she told the media.
The Republic of Serbia has capitulated. We have not Gay Pride organising committee
Gay march plan tests Serb feelings
The decision had been taken after a meeting on Saturday with Prime Minister Prime Minister Mirko Cvetkovic.
Nationalist and religious leaders have opposed a Serbian bill banning discrimination against homosexuals.
The ultra-nationalist Serb Popular Movement 1389 hailed the cancellation of Sunday's march as "a great victory for normal Serbia".
"In our city infidels and Satanists will not pass," it added.
Homosexuality in Serbia is still far from accepted, says the BBC's Mark Lowen in Belgrade.
The gay scene is underground and members of the community are regularly the target of discrimination.
Belgrade's first gay parade in 2001 descended into chaos amid widespread violence by mobs of protesters - with television images of bleeding participants and police firing rubber bullets broadcast around the world.
The organising committee of the planned Sunday march will certainly keep up the pressure, says our correspondent.
"The state has failed the fundamental test," it says in a statement. "The next exam period is approaching fast. The Republic of Serbia has capitulated. We have not."
Well the Tadić-Dačić regime is busting nationalists in Belgrade en masse...
2 guys from Serbian people's movement "1389" (former president and current PR) are already busted and instantly sentenced to 30 days in prison for no obvious reason as well as general secretary of Serbian fatherland movement "Obraz"...
Post by TsarSamuil on Sept 29, 2009 7:54:33 GMT -5
Poland to chemically castrate pedophiles.
polskieradio.pl 25.09.2009 11:25
MPs in the lower house of parliament have voted for Poland to become the first nation in the EU to chemical castrate pedophiles.
MPs voted almost unanimously, Friday morning, to pass an amendment to the penal code which would enable chemical castration.
The bill covers sexual crimes against those under 15 years of age and incestuous rape. The bill also covers internet grooming of a minor.
The amendment - which has yet to pass through the upper house, the Senate - stipulates that courts will decide on whether or not to impose chemical castration six months before a criminal is released from jail.
Chemical castration is, in fact, a misnomer as the procedure is a series of medical treatments that reduce libido with the hope of deterring sex offenders from committing repeat offenses. The procedure, theoretically, leaves no long-term physical damage and the effects are reversible once treatment ceases, say doctors.
If passed into law Poland would become the first nation in the EU to pass such a law and almost the first in the world.
Several states in the United States employ chemical castration as a means of punishing sex offenders – California state law mandates the treatment for first-time sex offenders of victims under 13 years of age.
(AXcess News) Washington - Its not that Russian's aren't giving birth to children, its just that the number of births is exceeding the number of deaths for the first time in fifteen years.
Russia's Health Ministry is taking credit for increase in birth rate, citing the economic stimulus program approved by the Kremlin as the reason why more mothers in Russia are giving birth and fewer people are dying.
But you can't argue with the numbers. On an annualized basis, Russia's birth rate is up between 7 and 8 percent. In August alone, 1000 more people were born than died.
According to the UN, Russia's population has shrunk by 6.6 million people since 1993, and could lose up to 11 million more by 2025.
"What we are seeing today is a temporary fluctuation," said Igor Beloborodov, director of the Institute of Demographic Studies. "We can't define this as an improvement. The general situation in Russia and in Europe is really a demographic chasm."
Short-term financial measures aren't going to change that significantly, he said. "As society becomes more secularised, and as the family breaks apart, women keep having fewer children. Thirty per cent of babies are born out of wedlock, and up to 60 per cent of marriages fail."
The government has made raising the birthrate by at least 50 per cent a national priority, with Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and President Dmitry Medvedev drawing attention to the demographic crisis. Measures since 2006 include larger maternity packages with paid maternity leave for up to 18 months, and full salary compensation for four months. The so-called "maternity capital" gives women who have a second child $10,000 for housing or education.
These measures have certainly had an effect on the latest spike, but they won't solve the demographic chasm, said Sergei Zakharov, a demographics expert at the Higher School of Economics. "But we can't be certain whether this is actually a lasting trend, or that women are merely having the same number of children as planned, only sooner."
In other words, the current rise may be followed by a compensatory drop after about five years. Financial incentives, experts said, only encourage women to have their one or two children sooner. They do not help women to have larger families.
It is also nearly impossible to ascertain what exactly plays a role in increasing the birth rate, Zakharov said.
"The current policy overestimates financial instruments, and completely ignores more serious problems, like the conflict between work and family," Zakharov said. In Beloborodov's words, the only way to "solve" the crisis is to shift the priority towards reestablishing a traditional family structure and encouraging religion, which has been proven to increase the birth rate. "Just look at Saudi Arabia - polls show that women there consider it a necessity to have a lot of children," Beloborodov said.
Evidence that the economic crisis could have a negative effect on the birthrate is inconclusive.
"People's life cycles do not work like economic cycles," Zakharov said. Nor do women seem to be having more abortions as modern contraceptive methods become cheaper and more widespread in Russia. "Women are using contraceptives to delay pregnancies, and we are not seeing a rise in unwanted pregnancies." The abortion rate in Russia - one of the highest in the world - kept falling in 2008.
Doctors, meanwhile, did not give any evidence that the crisis was significantly affecting women's reproductive decisions.
TsarSamuil: Medicines aren't allowed to be sold on the market without a 15 year trial period, to determine short n long term effects. Sputnik just turned 1 year, others not even that, just months, how can we determine long term effects without the data from long term
Aug 24, 2021 11:22:20 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: exposure? Does anyone have a time machine to go 14 years or so into the future n come back n say whether we have good vaccines? Fear makes world abandon its own standards..Besides, vaccines for other illnesses that have been developed for YEARS actually
Aug 24, 2021 11:23:40 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: help. These covid vaccines are literally SHIT, why else do they demand you take 1, 2 n now 3 shots? The problem is also a disease becomes resilient if u administer a weak vaccine that doesn't do the job proper. Allow illness to survive just makes it strong
Aug 24, 2021 11:25:04 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: instead if we go by the book, we should all wait for a really good vaccine to take out the illness for good. Now...we may never get rid of it..but understandably the world economy has a hard time dealing with lock downs, but that is just needless panic
Aug 24, 2021 11:27:06 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: why Swe had fared well with country not being locked down? Because they are cold people, keeping distance was the thing before covid-19 was ever heard of, I hope world doesn't become like that, but some could use a little common sense n change in behavior.
Aug 24, 2021 11:29:12 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: It's no wonder covid hits so many Arabs in the country, stupid bastards..
Aug 24, 2021 11:29:38 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: If I go to H&M a new shirt, if an Arab wants to buy a pair of pants, not only is his whole family along, his friends, even his freaking grandmother is along n all chattering along in a big dumb group of ignorance..
Aug 24, 2021 11:33:05 GMT -5
Boro: Thx for the response. I'm not sure... It seems the vaccines work, at least people aren't dying of Covid. Those who get ill have a problem, it's not "just a flu". Maybe it's from a chinese laboratory, who knows...
Aug 24, 2021 13:46:55 GMT -5
Boro: I agree regarding Arabs..
Aug 24, 2021 13:50:39 GMT -5
Boro: Be glad, Sweden isn't overpopulated.
Aug 24, 2021 14:11:49 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: true, vaccines do help somewhat, maybe better than nothing..I hope in 2022 we can come out of this nightmare..
Aug 24, 2021 15:38:24 GMT -5
Boro: Horrible times, indeed.
Aug 24, 2021 15:47:41 GMT -5