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MOSCOW, May 07. /ITAR-TASS/. Russia’s government is hopeful positive tendencies in the demographic sphere are gathering pace.
Labour and Social Protection Minister Maksim Topilin said at a presidential meeting on Wednesday that “live births in the first quarter of 2014 were up 3,900 against the first months of 2013.”
“Thus the positive growth is evident and we hope that these tendencies have taken firm ground and natural population growth will be positive,” Topilin said.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said the implementation of the decrees he signed in May had already resulted in some encouraging figures, in particular in improvement of the demographic situation in Russia.
“For the first time in the past 20 years we have reached a natural population growth - over 24,000 people. For the first time, life expectancy in our country has come to 70.8 years,” Putin said pointing to the historical maximum of 76.3 years among women.
The maternal mortality rate has plummeted to the lowest level in Russian history - about 11 deaths per 100,000 live births, the president said.