Staunton, Nov. 21 – Aleksandr Sinelnikov, a demographer at Moscow State University, has pointed to another reason why Moscow has had no success in boosting the birthrate: Russian women don’t want to risk having a second child lest their husbands leave or die and they themselves are left single mothers.
Not only is it easier for them to raise one child than several on their own, he says; but it is much easier for them to find a new husband if they have only one, he says. As a result, many are now refusing to have a second child (news.ru/society/demograf-obyasnil-pochemu-zhenshiny-ne-hotyat-zavodit-vtorogo-rebenka/).
Such attitudes reflect a growing conviction that marriages will easily fall apart even if the couple do have children, Sinelnikov says. And those feelings also drive another societal trend: the increasing unwillingness of Russian couples to register their marriages lest they lose property in the event of a divorce.