MOSCOW, April 17 (Itar-Tass) – The demographic problem was made less acute successfully, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said in an annual governmental report to the State Duma on Wednesday.
“We succeeded to make the demographic problem less acute. This is good. But it is premature to believe that we got out from ‘the demographic pit’,” Medvedev said. “The birth rate does not provide for the reproduction of the population yet,” he stated.
The systemic measures have been taken for a stable growth of the birth rate, a lower mortality rate and a longer life expectancy in the last few years, Medvedev noted. He recalled that several new tasks were outlined in the May 2012 presidential decree on the measures to realise the demographic policy in Russia.
“In 2012 about two million children were born in our country that is 102,500 newborns more than in 2011. Meanwhile, the share of second and further children reached 51.5%. The aggregate coefficient of the birth rate reached the highest level after 1991. I believe that this is actually a very important result,” the prime minister stated.