There are currently about 30 million children in Russia, approximately 10 million less than in 1990. It is estimated that there will only be about 25 million by 2010. As a Rosbalt correspondent reports, this was announced yesterday by Valery Yelizarov, director of the centre for demographic problems, at a round-table discussion devoted to birth control. He said that family benefits have only accounted for 0.37% of national GDP in 2003. This is 0.61% lower than in 1996. Ideally, Mr Yelizarov said, family benefits should account for 2.2% of GDP.
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The General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces is preparing for a possible offensive of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Deputy Chairman of the Security Council of Russia Dmitry Medvedev said