Aug 22, 2012

Russia: A partial citizen-ownership democracy?

Russia gives land to big families. Although this is not a true citizen-ownership democracy, it is a step in the right direction.

Russian reports on this:
17 july 2012, Dmitry Medvedev:

"The issues that require particular attention are children’s health and promoting a healthy lifestyle. We will continue to work on protecting motherhood and childhood and supporting families with children. The federal law has introduced amendments into the Land Code, which apply to granting free land plots, including plots for individual housing construction, to families with three and more children. During the first six months of this year, 190,000 families applied to receive free land plots. However, only 93,000 plots have been planned to be transferred. This is not good, and such decisions should be implemented and regional officials make proper efforts in this regard."
11 april 2012
Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. report on the government’s performance in 2011 to the State Duma

"A decision was also taken on free allocation of land to families with three or more children."

"There is a curious fact that, frankly, I was not expecting, although I deal with these issues on a daily basis: I reviewed some figures while preparing this report to parliament. More and more Russian families are deciding to have a second or even third child. Over the past five years, the number of families with two children has gone up by 45 percent, and the number of families with three or more children by 62 percent. This is, of course, a reflection of people’s confidence in their own potential, their families, their country and their future, and in their government’s competence and responsibility."

Even a partial citizen-ownership democracy can increase a nation's population. It gives people hope and confidence in their future.

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