Almost 620,000 Russians born, over 647,000 die in Jan-Apr 2014

The birth rate is growing in Russia, according to the Labor and Social Protection Ministry.

The birth rate is growing in Russia, according to the Labor and Social Protection Ministry.

"A total of 619,600 babies were born in January-April 2014, 1.1 percent more than in the relevant period of 2013," Labor and Social Protection Minister Maxim Topilin said.

An upward trend in the birth rate was recorded in 52 regions, the ministry press service told Interfax on Wednesday.

"The birth rate's growth stood at 6 percent or more in some regions, namely, the Chukchi autonomous region, the Republic of Altai, the Sakhalin and Tyumen regions, Sevastopol and the Kamchatka territory," Topilin said.

Some 161,300 babies were born in Russia in April, a 3.9 percent (5,900) year-on-year growth, he said.

Russia had 647,800 deaths in January-April 2014. "This is 15,700 people or 2.9 percent less than in the relevant period of 2013," Topilin noted.

In his words, the death rate was reduced in 62 regions.

"In some regions the death rate declined by 8 percent or more. These are the Sakhalin, Arkhangelsk, Tver, Kirov, Pskov and Omsk regions," the minister said.

He added that 164,300 Russians died in April.

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