Skip work, Have Sex: Russia Celebrates ‘Day of Conception’

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By Population Growth Project-Russia is celebrating its eighth annual ‘day of conception’ as couples in the eastern region of Ulyanovsk are being advised to stay at home to procreate.

 Governor of the region Sergey Morozov has urged bosses to allow men and women the 12th of September off work in order to try and reproduce.

In past years prizes have been awarded to couples who give birth in exactly nine months from the unofficial public holiday. In 2012 the winning pair were presented with a jeep, while in 2011 the award was a jeep.

The regional celebration is part of a gesture to increase Russia’s struggling birth rate.

In 2006, during his televised State of the Nation address, President Vladimir Putin said the most urgent crisis facing Russia was its demographic crisis. At the time, the country’s population was declining by at least 700,000 people a year.

Russia’s demographic looks to have improved, though, with figures released by one of the country’s demographic indicators showing its population consistently increasing from 2006 to 2012, and its external mortality rate dropping by 40% in the last decade.

Fertility campaigns have, however, remained on the Russian agenda despite apparent improvements in the country’s demographic.

In January 2013 the Moscow Times reported that President Putin invited R&B group Boys II Men to perform in Moscow on the coming St. Valentine’s Day, in a bid to up the libido of Russian couples. The performance did not, ultimately, go ahead.

Meanwhile, Russia’s recently passed anti-gay legislation continues to come under fire from the international sporting community ahead of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

US snowboarder Seth Wescott, a two-time Olympic gold-medal winner, is the latest to denounce the law signed by President Putin making it illegal to spread information about homosexuality to anyone under 18.

“The human rights stuff that’s going on, there’s a potential for it to be an incredibly negatively-overshadowed Olympics,” he said.

The new Russian law is not an attack on homosexuals, as widely portrayed by militant ´gays´ and their apologists in the West. Rather, it merely prohibits the promotion of “non-traditional” sexual relations, imposing hefty fines on those found guilty and imprisoning non-nationals for up to 15 days.

Many Western states, by contrast, make holding unorthodox opinions about certain matter of history punishable by up to seven years in prison.

Meanwhile, the birth rate among indigenous Britons is far below replacement rate. The 'demographic winter' is even colder in the UK than it has been in Russia.

So here’s a message to all our readers in the right age bracket for having children: Turn off your computer and go and have fun instead!