MOSCOW, January 13. /ITAR-TASS/. Russia recorded 1.74 million babies born between January and November 2013 - an increased birth rate noted in 31 regions from a total of 83, Minister of Labour and Social Protection Maksim Topilin told journalists on Monday.
The minister said an increase of more than two percent was recorded in the republics of Tatarstan and Karachay-Cherkessia, Khabarovsk territory, Novosibirsk, the Moscow and Tomsk regions and St. Petersburg.
Some regions saw growth of between one and two percent, among them the Komi republic, the republic of Buryatiya, Krasnodar and Stavropol territories, and Ivanovo and Kaliningrad regions.
Birth rate growth was accompanied by a decline in mortality - 1.72 million people died in the recorded 11 months of 2013, 19,000 less than in the same period a year before.
Mortality fall was observed in 69 regions, some even seeing a decline of more than five percent. Among these regions were the Sakha republic, Amur and Magadan regions, the Jewish autonomous region and the Chukotka autonomous territory.
In November of last year, 151,700 were born and 145,800 died, mortality dropping five percent year-on-year.
“Six months of 2013 saw a population increase,” the minister said, noting 5,800 growth recorded in November. Population growth over 11 months totalled 22,700, a trend observed in 43 regions within the North Caucasus, Urals, Siberian and Far Eastern federal districts.