VERY happy families: Putin hands out the Order Of Parental Glory awards to Russians who contribute to increasing the population of the country by having many children
- Putin has awarded the Order of Parental Glory to eight large Russian families
- The honor is seen as an incentive to reverse the declining population of the country
- The annual ceremony takes place for Children's Day in Alexandrovsky Hall of the Kremlin, Moscow
He may be known as a tyrannically tough guy on the world stage, but today Russian President Vladmir Putin seemed to enjoy children.
Putin met eight large families from all over the country to give them the & # 39; high & # 39; honor to award the Order of Parental Glory, given to those couples who cannot stop having babies.
The annual ceremony, which takes place on the eve of the International Day of the Child, sees the Russian leader helping praise for parents to fight the declining population of the country.
Putin, who led the country for twenty years as president or prime minister, welcomed families from Moscow, St Petersburg, Sevastopol, the Altai Republic, Kabardia-Balkaria, Sverdlovsk, and Sakhalin to the Alexandrovsky hall of the Kremlin Palace.
Putin said during the ceremony: & # 39; This year, this high government prize was awarded to eight married couples. If families have just as many children as you, this is really lucky.
& # 39; Please accept my sincere words of respect for your selfless, daily upbringing. & # 39;
The purpose of International Children's Day is to recognize activities that promote & # 39; the institution of the family and the education of children and reverse the declining population of the country & # 39 ;.
The UN projections show that the Russian population is expected to fall from 144 million to 138 in 2035, although the figures have stabilized in recent years.
Russian President Vladimir Putin stands with the orthodox priest Pavel Taichenachev and his family during the award ceremony in Moscow, Russia. The prize is an incentive for families to have more children to counteract the long-term problem of a declining population
The famous tough man even cracked a smile as he embraced the child of one of the recipients of this year's Order of Parental Glory. The awards are presented on the day for the International Children's Parties of Russia. Although there is not too much to laugh at, because the UN projections caused the population of the country to fall by five million in 2035
Putin, who led the country for 20 years as president or prime minister, welcomed families from Moscow, St. Petersburg, Sevastopol, the Altai Republic, Kabardia-Balkaria, Sverdlovsk and Sakhalin to the Alexandrovsky hall of the Kremlin Palace
The 13-person Dmitriev family is proudly on the podium to receive the honor, open to couples who have had seven or more children, five more than the country's average
President Putin said during the event: & # 39; If families have as many children as you do, this is really lucky. Please accept my sincere words of respect for your selfless, daily upbringing & # 39;
A few uncomfortable glances from the children of the Lusta family, from the Kaliningrad region, when it is their turn to be in front of a group photo with Putin
The Russian population has fallen on average by an annual rate of 0.5 percent on an annual basis, about 750,000 to 800,000 people a year from the mid-1990s
Family celebration: the Syropyatov family sits down for an informal meal in the Kremlin after the eight married couples have received their medals for having large families
A smiling President Putin tries to have a chat at one of the tables between two parents with a sheepish appearance
So how many children do you have? President Putin wants to halt the decline of the population, which, despite some success in recent years, is expected to fall every two years at a rate of two million.
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