VERY happy families: Putin hands out Order Of Parental Glory awards to Russians who are doing their bit to increase the country’s population by having lots of children | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


VERY happy families: Putin hands out Order Of Parental Glory awards to Russians who are doing their bit to increase the country’s population by having lots of children

Putin awarded the Order of Parental Glory to eight large Russian families
The honour is seen as an incentive to reverse the country's declining population.

The annual ceremony takes place before Children's Day in Alexandrovsky Hall of the Kremlin, Moscow.

Putin, who has led the country for 20 years as President or Prime Minister, welcomed families from Moscow, St Petersburg, Sevastopol, the Republic of Altai, Kabardino-Balkaria, Sverdlovsk and Sakhalin regions to the Alexandrovsky Hall of the Kremlin Palace.

Speaking at the ceremony, Putin said: 'This year this high government award was conferred on eight married couples. When families have as many children as you do, this is real happiness.

'Please accept my sincere words of respect for your selfless, daily parenting.'

The purpose of International Children's Day is to recognise activities that promote 'the institution of the family and child-rearing and reverse the country's falling population'.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Having larger families in the 21st century, is a real challenge; we have the same issue of declining populations here in both Japan and the US as well.

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