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Putin reinstates Soviet ‘mother heroine’ title

Russian President Putin Revived The award for the Soviet-era “Mother Heroine” as the country grapples with a demographic crisis fueled by a plummeting birth rate.

Putin on Monday signed a decree reinstating the honorary title of “mother heroine”. The honorary title was first established by Soviet leader Joseph Stalin in 1944 in the wake of the mass depopulation during World War II. After the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, the title was no longer awarded.

The title of “mother heroine” in Russia is given to a woman who has given birth to ten or more children, just like in the Soviet era.

According to Putin’s decree, eligible mothers will be awarded a lump sum of 1 million rubles ($16,000) as soon as their tenth living child turns one year old.

According to the decree, mothers can still be eligible if they have lost a child as a result of combat, acts of terrorism or emergencies.

The Mother Heroine title is at the same status level as higher state orders such as Hero of Russia and Hero of Labor.

When President Putin first proposed establishing the title of mother heroine for the Russian Children’s Day holiday on June 1, he argued that the extended family was slowly making a comeback in Russian society.

He called for “radical” measures to tackle Russia’s demographic crisis.

Russia’s population has been in an almost constant decline for decades, Decreased to 145.1 million After a decline of about 400,000 in early 2022.

Russia’s rate of population decline has almost doubled since 2021 (the coronavirus pandemic led to the largest natural population decline since the collapse of the Soviet Union) and almost tripled since 2020.

https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2022/08/16/putin-revives-soviet-mother-heroine-title-a78580 Putin reinstates Soviet ‘mother heroine’ title

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