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Birth rate rises in Russia in first half 2009

Sochi, 14 August: The population of Russia is 142m, Health and Social Development Minister Tatyana Golikova said at a meeting of the presidium of the council for priority national projects and demographic policies today.

The minister said that the birth rate in Russia is 12.1 per 1,000 people, and death rate is 14.6. The minister said: "The government assigns itself an ambitious task to reduce the death rate to 10 per 1,000 by 2020".

As for the first six months of 2009, the Health and Social Development Ministry reports a growing birth rate in all federal districts and falling death rate in all Russian regions apart from the Southern Federal District, "where the death rate stands at the level of the first six months of 2008", Golikova said.

In view of this she appealed to the leaders of the constituent parts of the Russian Federation with the worst birth rate to take measures to reduce infant mortality and death rate as a whole.

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