Russia offers Mother Heroine medal and $16,000 for having 10 children

Russian women who have and raise 10 children are awarded a “Mother Heroine” Medal.

The Russian government has announced that it is reviving the Soviet-era “Mother Heroine” honorary title for women with 10 or more children as it faces a population decline that has accelerated since the invasion of Ukraine.

According to a decree signed this week by President Vladimir Putin, the title will be awarded to those who “birth and rear” 10 Russian citizens, with a lump sum of 1 million Russian rubles ($16,645), when the 10th child receives one is becoming.

However, there are some additional qualifications.

The children must have received the “appropriate level of care for health, education, physical, spiritual and moral development”, for which the assessment process is not specified.

Meanwhile, all 10 children must be alive unless they died during military, official or civilian service, or in a terrorist attack.

The title “Mother Heroine” was instituted in 1944 and granted until the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.

The recipients will receive a medal of a five-pointed star, the decree states.

They will have an equivalent rank to that with the title “Hero of the Russian Federation”, usually awarded for bravery; and “Hero of Labor”, awarded for service to the state.

Demographic Challenge

Russia’s unprovoked attack on Ukraine since February 24 may have accelerated these trends.

Russia’s population fell by a record 86,000 per month from January to May, the Moscow Times reports based on official figures. The previous record was a drop of 57,000 people per month in 2002.

Despite Russia suffering heavy losses since the invasion, data from the state statistics office Rosstat showed a year-on-year decline in deaths, the difference being fueled instead by migration and a decline in births.

Rosstat said the total population now totals 145.1 million.

Leave a Comment