MOSCOW, April 03, /ITAR-TASS/. Russia recorded 148,200 babies born in February 2014, which was 5,200 newborns (3.7 percent) more than in the same month of 2013, the press service of the Russian Ministry of Labour and Social Protection said on Thursday.
The Ministry also registered the hike in birth rate in 33 regions from a total of 83 in January-February, when 301,500 babies born across the country.
“In some regions the birth rate growth exceeded four percent. Among them were the Republic of Bashkortostan, the Altai territory, Chukchi Autonomous Area, as well as the Moscow and Sakhalin regions,” the press service quoted Labour Minister Maksim Topilin as saying.
“In January-February 2014, the ministry registered 317,900 people died, which was 11,400 people (3.5 percent) smaller than in the same period of 2013,” the minister said. According to the Ministry, mortality fall was observed in 64 regions. “Some even seeing a decline of more than nine percent. Among these regions were the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), Yaroslavl and Saratov regions, and Nenets Autonomous Area,” Topilin said.
“Two months of 2014 saw a population decline by 16,400 people, which was 11,000 people smaller than in the same period of the preceding year,” the minister said. Meanwhile, the population growth was observed in 35 regions within the North Caucasus, Urals, Siberian and Far Eastern federal districts.