Desperate Putin revives Soviet 'Mother Heroine' for women who have 10 kids as crisis hits


Share post:

The “Mother Heroine” award was an honorary title established in 1944, 22 years after the founding of the USSR. This continued to exist until the bloc itself fell in 1991.

But the Kremlin leader has this week signed a decree to revive the title.

Women who raise 10 or more children will now be awarded the title and given a one-time payment of one million rubles.

This equates to around £13,500.

The title is on the same stats level as high-ranking state orders like the Hero of Russia and Hero of Labour, according to the Moscow Times.

The paper added that this was reintroduced in an attempt to grapple with “a demographic crisis fuelled by plunging birth rates”.

Putin has called for “cardinal” measures to tackle his country’s demographic crisis.

His decree makes no mention of the ongoing “special military operation” in Ukraine.

But some commentators have suggested there is a direct link between the conflict and the reviving of the title.

READ MORE: Brexit LIVE: Femi blasted over bitter Truss sabotage in leaked audio

“It has resonances obviously with what is going on right now.”

Ms Roth-Ey added this was part of a “patriotic campaign” that has been ramping up in Moscow for some years.

Posters released during the Soviet era advertising the title showed a proud mother surrounded by 10 children.

Some of these can be seen in military garb.

A young boy at the front proudly holds up a model – likely military – aeroplane.

Dina Fainberg, the author of “Cold War Correspondents”, told the Washington Post the revival of the title was not necessarily linked to the conflict in Ukraine, given this is still not officially called a war.

She said: “Putin and his team took great care not to depict it as a war. If you start calling it a war, you undermine stability and make people panic.”

Ms Fainberg added the title was instead part of a “growing return of the patriarchal state”.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here


Related articles

Cruising around the Canary Islands

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, the capital of the Canary Islands (Image: )A few days after...

Twindemic warning: Dual winter illnesses pose 'serious risk' to health of British public

Flu did circulate in the UK last winter, but with less mixing fewer people contracted it meaning...

Half term is a no-fly zone for families due to rising costs of flights

Holidaymakers face paying around 42 percent more for an air ticket from England’s six busiest airports compared...

'Meet presence with presence!' Chinese naval vessels join Russian warships near Alaska

A US coastguard ship spotted a guided Chinese missile cruiser in the Bering Sea, officials have revealed....