September 22, 2006

TRYING TO MONETIZE A SPIRITUAL CRISIS:

Russians are urged to take the afternoon off, go home and make a baby (Adrian Blomfield, 22/09/2006, Daily Telegraph)

The governor of a Russian province gave workers an afternoon off and told them to go home and multiply in the most direct attempt yet by officials seeking to tackle the country's growing depopulation crisis.

Bureaucrats have been dreaming up ever more imaginative schemes to help reverse the trend ever since President Vladimir Putin identified Russia's demographic crisis – caused in part by soaring levels of alcoholism – as the country's biggest threat.

But few have been quite as blunt as Sergey Morozov, the governor of Ulyanovsk, a depressed region on the Volga.
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In exchange for an afternoon of state-sponsored passion, his "Give birth to a patriot" campaign launched last week offers parents who give birth next year on June 12, Russia's Independence Day, a range of incentives from a fridge or washing machine to a four-wheel-drive vehicle, depending on how many children the couple already has.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 22, 2006 6:12 AM
Comments

"Put out for Putin"

Posted by: Gideon at September 22, 2006 11:28 AM

Bwaaa!!

Perhaps under a photo of Dear Leader.

But I was thinking that a siesta was supposed to be, you know, actually restful.

Posted by: Twn at September 22, 2006 12:38 PM

Given that the average Russian woman has had 4 or 5 abortions, the "putting out" part is not the issue here.

Posted by: jim hamlen at September 22, 2006 7:48 PM
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