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    Russians get day off to procreate, then win prizes

    08/15/2007 12:42:25 AM MDT

    Moscow - A Russian region of Ulyanovsk has found a novel way to fight the nation's birth-rate crisis: It has declared Sept. 12 the Day of Conception and for the third year running is giving couples time off from work to procreate.

    The hope is for a brood of babies exactly nine months later on Russia's national day. Couples who "give birth to a patriot" during the June 12 festivities win money, cars, refrigerators and other prizes.

    Ulyanovsk, about 550 miles east of Moscow, has held similar contests since 2005. Since then, the number of competitors, and the number of babies born to them, has been on the rise.

    Russia, with one-seventh of Earth's land surface, has just 141.4 million citizens, making it one of the most sparsely settled countries in the world. With a low birth rate and a high death rate, the population has been shrinking since the early 1990s.

    In his state-of-the-nation address last year, President Vladimir Putin called the demographic crisis the most acute problem facing Russia and announced a broad effort to boost Russia's birth rate, including cash incentives to families that have more than one child.

    Ulyanovsk Gov. Sergei Morozov has added an element of fun to the national campaign.

    The 2007 grand prize went to Irina and Andrei Kartuzov, who received a UAZ-Patriot, a sport utility vehicle. Other contestants won video cameras, TVs, refrigerators and washing machines.

    Source: Denver Post

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    Way to go, Russia!

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    Best. Holiday. Ever.

    that reminds me...i've always wanted to go to Rite-Aid and buy a flashlight, a box of condoms, Whipped Cream, and Ex-Lax just to see the look on the cashiers face
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    .....day to procreate.......

    LOL, Smoky, I'd love to be there too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Egil Skallagrimsson
    LOL, Smoky, I'd love to be there too.
    pretty awful, isn't it?
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    Dumbass Russians. "Damn, refrigerator is broken :X Honey, time to make some money!"

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    And if they got it off WITH PAY...wow
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pteridium
    Russia, with one-seventh of Earth's land surface, has just 141.4 million citizens, making it one of the most sparsely settled countries in the world. With a low birth rate and a high death rate, the population has been shrinking since the early 1990s.

    The 2007 grand prize went to Irina and Andrei Kartuzov, who received a UAZ-Patriot, a sport utility vehicle. Other contestants won video cameras, TVs, refrigerators and washing machines.
    Am I the only one who sees a problem with this line of thinking? Haven't humans already ruined virtually every square inch of this planet already? So Russia is not as heavily populated as other countries. So what? Are they striving to be like China? For what? To bolster their political stats? Ruining what little bit of unpopulated area we have left on this planet for cash and prizes? And are these people even considering exactly WHY the birth rate is so low in the first place? Being a parent can be very hard, especially for low income familes. SUV's, electrical entertainment devices and household appliances are hardly compensation for a lifetime of responsibilty in child rearing and planet destroying.

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    The first comment on the article goes:

    Population growth worldwide is a major cause of global warming. Current population levels are not sustainable, how are we going to sustain even more of us? How about Russia opening it's doors to more immigration rather than encouraging residents to procreate?
    Heh.. No doubt Russia sees the mess the West is in now with massive immigration and has learned from our bad example. Russia shouldn't need to worry about increasing its population. The responsibility lay on the shoulders of Asia and Africa who are the worst offenders of out-of-control population growth. If the world needs to be evened out population-wise, the Third World should make an effort to reduce their birthrate rather than importing their surplus to the West and just keep making more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ewergrin
    Am I the only one who sees a problem with this line of thinking? Haven't humans already ruined virtually every square inch of this planet already? So Russia is not as heavily populated as other countries. So what? Are they striving to be like China? For what? To bolster their political stats? Ruining what little bit of unpopulated area we have left on this planet for cash and prizes?
    I hardly think they are looking to populate unpopulated areas. They'd probably settle for keeping the populated areas populated. The Russian population is shrinking by a million people per year.

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