Poll bonus for newborn boys

Chechen women will get just over $300 each if they gave birth to boys on October 5, the day the region voted for a new president.

    A correspondent found 16 mothers determined to give birth on polling day

    The 10,000 rouble ($329) award - a significant amount in the war-torn region - was offered by Chechnya's federation in an announcement broadcast on local television.

    "Every baby boy born in Chechnya on the fifth of October will receive a special cash prize," the announcement said. "In the case of twins, the prize will automatically be doubled."

    The Itar-Tass news agency said its correspondent had visited a hospital in the regional capital Grozny and found 16 mothers determined to give birth on the day.

    SOURCE: Reuters


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