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|Posted Thursday, September 13, 2007
|Russia: A day for making babies
The governor of a central province told employers to contribute to a Kremlin campaign
to boost the birthrate by giving couples the day off to have sex. And if a woman gives
birth in exactly nine months on Russias national day on June 12 she
will qualify for a prize, perhaps even winning a new home.
Russia wants to reverse a trend in which the population is shrinking by about 700,000
people a year as births fail to outpace a death rate fueled by AIDS, alcoholism and
This is the third year the Ulyanovsk region, famous as the birthplace of Lenin, has
dedicated a day to encouraging couples to produce more babies.
Copyright 2007 The New York Times Company. Reprinted from The New York Times of
Thursday, September 13, 2007.
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