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MOSCOW, December 25. /ITAR-TASS/. The population growth has been reported stable in Russia for the first time over the past 22 years, Vice-premier of the Russian government Olga Golodets said in a live broadcast on Rossiya-24 television on Wednesday.
"We have reached a positive dynamics, ensuring the population growth for the first time over the past 22 years. We have done important things to improve our demographic politics: ensured an additional compensation to a mother for every third child born, seriously increased a lump sum (over 400,000 rubles) paid in maternity capital to families with many children and realized a program of training mothers under 23 at preparatory courses for taking entrance exams at institutes. More than 8,000 mothers have already been trained in the framework of this program," the vice-premier said.
"These programs will be developed in future as well. This year we have had 26,000 more kids than last year. This is our absolute positive balance," the vice-prime minister declared.