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Source: Government of the Russian Federation – An important disclaimer is located at the bottom of this article.

The number of large families in Russia is growing, in 2023 it reached 2.4 million, raising 7.7 million children. This was announced by Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova during her speech at a meeting of the Council of Legislators in the Tauride Palace in St. Petersburg.

As the Deputy Prime Minister noted, there are 30 million children living in 24.5 million families in Russia. After a three-year period of natural population growth in 2013–2015, Russia, like most countries in the world, is experiencing a demographic decline. The reasons have a historical basis: the Great Patriotic War, the consequences of the 1990s and objective conditions.

According to Rosstat’s forecast, the increase in the number of women aged 20–29 will begin only after 2026, but will be insignificant. In general, there is a long-term downward trend in the number of women who are of reproductive age, that is, between the ages of 15 and 49 years.

“Over the past year, the total fertility rate for first births has remained virtually unchanged, and for second births it has decreased by 4.5%. But the birth rate of third and subsequent children increased by 3.6%. In general, the situation with the birth rate in Russia is similar to global trends,” noted Tatyana Golikova.

In the context of long-term demographic risks, the Government is constantly working to build up and adjust existing measures to support families with children, the Deputy Prime Minister emphasized.

Maternity capital remains the most important element of state demographic policy. Its introduction had a significant impact on the increase in the level of second births.

Directions for managing maternity capital are constantly being improved. Since 2023, families have been given the right to receive a monthly payment for all children under three years of age. It has become possible to use maternity capital funds to pay for educational services from individual entrepreneurs. An additional mechanism has been created to protect the rights of citizens who direct maternal capital funds to repay loans issued by credit and agricultural cooperatives. It became possible to allocate funds for the reconstruction of houses in blocked buildings.

“By decision of the President of Russia, the maternity capital program will be extended until 2030. And we are ready to further improve maternal capital in order to increase its impact on fertility,” emphasized Tatyana Golikova.

On behalf of the President of Russia, starting this year the tax deduction for the third and each subsequent child will increase from 3 thousand to 6 thousand rubles.

“Over the course of a number of years, we have made systematic efforts to stimulate the birth of third and subsequent children and to increase the number of large families. A whole system of measures was introduced to improve housing conditions and tax benefits. These efforts have yielded results. The total birth rate of third and subsequent children, as I said, is growing every year. The number of large families in 2023 was 2.4 million, and the number of children being raised in them was 7.7 million,” said Tatyana Golikova.

From July 1 of this year, a unified register of large families will be launched. And from the beginning of 2025, an application for assignment of the status of a large family and the issuance of a certificate can be submitted on the public services portal.

One of the reserves for increasing the birth rate is the health of the population. Since 2022, new approaches to assessing the reproductive health of citizens have been developed in seven regions of the country as part of a pilot project. As a result, from 2024, additional studies for citizens of reproductive age have been added to the medical examination program. The best practices of the pilot project will be implemented in all regions.

One of the important results of the Year of the Family will be the developed strategic document in the field of family and demographic policy until 2030, which will take into account all the challenges that we will face in the coming years. An interdepartmental working group was formed to develop the strategy, which included representatives of both chambers of the Federal Assembly. The structure of the document is developed.

Another important task is the formation of a new national project “Family”.

In addition, Tatyana Golikova held a working meeting with the Governor of St. Petersburg, Alexander Beglov. They discussed issues of development of St. Petersburg education.

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