News Real: Service for the country, or patriotic duty

A governor in a central Russian province asked couples to skip work Wednesday and to have intercourse instead to help boost Russia’s low-birth rate, Reuters reported.

If the woman does give birth on June 12, Russia Day, the woman is qualified for a prize where she could win a new house.

Regional governor Sergei Morozov told employers to contribute to the campaign of boosting the birth rate by giving couples Wednesday off to have sex.

"We need more people," Morozov told Reuters.

Russia’s population is shrinking by about 700,000 people per year as births fail to surpass a high death rate. AIDS, alcoholism and suicide have bolstered the death rate

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