Russia and its Children
In May of last year, a poll showed that only 5% of Russian women planned to have a baby in the next two years. The Kremlin’s response has been a ridiculous attempt to bribe women into having babies and to consider imposing a massive new crackdown on the right to abortions.
We have two questions.
First, if things are going so swimmingly with Russia’s population growth, as Vladimir Putin recently bragged, then why is it necessary to undertake a new effort to slash abortions?
And second, if Vladimir Putin has brought so much hope and progress to Russians over the past decade of his rule, then why does Russia still lead the world in both abortions and suicides?
We think the answer to both of this questions is obvious and is the same: Putin does not represent hope and progress, he represents despair and regression. No sane mother would be happy about her own prospects in Putin’s Russia, much less those of her helpless child. How could she be, when she knows here child is not likely to live past the age of 65, and is highly likely to be killed in a fire or a brutal murder, both areas where Russia also leads the world. Her child will be raised in one of the most corrupt major economies on the planet, taught from an early age how to lie and steal to get what he wants rather than how to work hard for it. He will undoubtedly smoke, drink, consume a high-fat unhealthy diet, and he will find an appallingly low level of medical care available to him when he gets sick.
At school, he will quickly see that bribery and favoritism, not effort, are they keys to academic success. And knowing that an wage of $3/hour awaits him when he finishes his education, he’d have little incentive to study seriously even if it were otherwise.
And in fact, it’s not all that likely that he’ll even be given the chance to enjoy his mother’s company until he graduates from school. As we’ve previously reported, one Russian wife is brutally murdered by her husband every 30 minutes in Vladimir Putin’s Russia, and Putin has never said a single public word about the barbaric violence visited by Russian men upon their wives. To the contrary, he’s repeatedly joked and laughed about rape.
So, all in all, why should a woman want to give birth in Vladimir Putin’s Russia? We can’t think of a single reason.