I am glad that the Russian Church and government are encouraging large families. (Although such large families! Well, to each his/her own, as long as it is not forced on the wife).
You may have heard that Russia is on a steep population decline as the average life expectancy has plummeted and that the replacement rate (births/deaths) is far too low. Unfortunately, most former Soviet satellite states in Eastern Europe are in the same pickle (I think Greece is in the same bind but I am not sure). I just read the lamentation by a Serbian intellectual that Kosovo was lost by the Serbians aborting or not having enough children, while the Muslim minorities did neither. The Orthodox Church was also complicit in this, but I am glad that the hierarchs are trying to rectify this situation.