Russian population growth reaches record high
As of April, the birth rate in Russia increased by four percent over the previous year and natural population growth was reported in 52 out of Russia's 83 regions, excluding Crimea, Itar-Tass reports.
In many regions the rate at which the population is growing surpassed the natural growth formulas by as much as six percent. The Chukchi Autonomous Area, Sibera's Altai Republic, the Far Eastern Sakhalin Region, the Kamchatka Territory and the West Siberian Tyumen Region each posted higher-than-average growths in population.
The national mortality rate decreased by three percent during the period of January-March when compared to the same period in the previous year, Itar-Tass reports.
In 2006, the federal government began offering financial incentives to mothers for giving birth to more than one child. Each family is given a $13,000 benefit for the birth each child after the first. An estimated 4.6 million families have received such stipends.
The last official Russian population census was conducted in 2010 when the population was counted at 143.1 million citizens, Itar-Tass reports.
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