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Zurabov offers 10 thousand rubles for every newborn

July 8 2005

Minister for Health and Social Development Mikhail Zurabov suggested the Russian government to increase the size of the lump sum maternity up to 10 thousand rubles.

The Minister also proposed to increase the monthly allowance for children under the age of 1.5 years from 500 to 800 or even 1000. Zurabov said that these decisions should be taken by the Government before the end of this month that they were taken into account when preparing the budget for 2006.

Meanwhile, in February 2005, the Federal State Statistics Service released data on changes in the number of Russians in the past few years. According to the service, only for the year 2004 the resident population of Russia decreased by 700,000. In 2003 the resident population of Russia decreased by 0,8 million people, according to Interfax.

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