Privileges to certain languages in Ukraine’s education law to worsen situation — diplomatRussian Politics & Diplomacy October 20, 21:46
International balance of forces in Syria after Raqqa’s liberation unclear yet — expertMilitary & Defense October 20, 21:05
Russia to resume import of aubergines, pomegranates from Turkey since October 30Business & Economy October 20, 20:18
International station to orbit Moon at 70,000 km distance from EarthScience & Space October 20, 20:09
US indulging in lies to have UN-OPCW mission’s mandate extended — Foreign MinistryRussian Politics & Diplomacy October 20, 19:31
This week in photos: Diplomatic kiss, Paddington's dance and French bank in flamesSociety & Culture October 20, 17:46
Scientific team unlocks secret to supercaps’ vast capacity as ‘the battery of the future’Science & Space October 20, 17:40
Russian economy’s losses from cyber threats may surge fourfold in two yearsBusiness & Economy October 20, 16:52
Nornickel to begin construction of golf field in Siberia in 2018Business & Economy October 20, 16:10
SOCHI, July 21. /TASS/. Russia has been seeing natural population growth for the second year in a row, to a larger extent thanks to changes in the healthcare system, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday when he answered children’s questions at the Sirius Educational Center for Gifted Children.
When asked by a boy from Kaliningrad when Russia will be crossed out from the "blacklist" of countries with negative natural population increase, Putin said, "It is not so. The situation changed two years ago."
"Over the recent years we have implemented a number of programs aimed at supporting maternity and childhood," the president said, adding that thanks to that, as well as to certain changes, "so far insufficient but already visible," in the healthcare system life expectancy in Russia has gone up and infant mortality has decreased, even despite the fact that Russia has adopted stricter international standards of infant mortality statistics.
"Maternal mortality has been brought nearly to zero and this is very important. So, we have managed to reverse the negative tendencies as have been having natural population increase for more than two years," he stressed.
Russian Deputy Prime Minister Olga Golodets said earlier that Russia had been registering population growth for the fourth year. In 2016, it was 5,400 people. She said further efforts were needed to reduce mortality rates. In her words, mortality decreased by 23,500 last year.