Putin might be having one of those “how did we get here” moments. A short history course might help him to understand. First came the communists, and waves of people were liquidated. It was a process which continued until Stalin’s death. When Stalin was young, he purged and executed the officers of his military. Hitler attacked, and 5 million military men were captured, of which 3 million died in captivity. The absence of competent military leaders revealed the folly of Stalin. Not to mention of course, the other millions of Russians who died in the war. Millions of lives wasted due to communism. Of course, those millions who died would have passed on by now. But those millions would have procreated and Russia would be having a different kind of population problem now. Hey pooty poot, in your quiet time, maybe you can say a silent prayer for those wasted lives in the war and gulags. And after prayer, curse the prior leaders of Russia.
He could also tell them to have three fewer abortions.
Putin calls for more children. Obama calls for more abortions and birth control.
I recall reading once that any woman in the Soviet Union who had 10 children would receive a medal.
Can Muslim Russians collect a bonus too? For having more children? I hear at least 35% of Putin’s army is Muslim
It was interesting that during the early Communist days (and as far back as they existed as a society), they had boatloads of kids. That was the only way they could repopulate so quickly after Stalin’s work and WW2. Now that they live in (relative) peace and much greater prosperity, they quit having kids - go figure.
Communism and Nazism decided they could raise children better than a wife and husband. I recall films from the 30s about their baby factories with nurses changing diapers on an assembly line. The idea was that women would have the children and return to work while the state raised the children in crèches. This was dropped by the Germans and the Russians as the children so raised were not the robotic perfect citizens of the state that they wanted. Children raised by the state were useless.
In Russia, grinding poverty and the need to keep the entire workforce fully employed led to free abortions. Preventative measures cost money but abortions have been and remain free in Russia; the average Russian woman having somewhere north of four during her reproductive life. The grinding poverty remains, due largely to the crony capitalism that Putin profits from. (Hes Europes richest man. Notice also that Obamas net worth had risen dramatically while in office.) So, abortion remains cheaper than preventative measures and having children dooms a woman to even less that life has to offer.
The solution isnt asking or even demanding women have three children. By-the-way, three wouldnt begin to cover the demographic disaster theyre facing. The solution is allowing the type of economic freedom the United States had during the 40s through the 60s. We no longer have that freedom either, but we have farther to fall than Russia.
Babies are burdens and obstacles. Babies are good - have three!
Commies just don’t seem to know where they stand on the whole baby thing.