Russia's Population Growing for First Time Since 1995
The growth is modest, but Putin and other Russian officials are welcoming what they hope will be a continuing demographic trend.
"His spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the total anticipated population growth in 2009 was only about 20,000 - but he said this was a "symbolic" amount.
Health Minister Tatyana Golikova said the first month of population growth in 15 years came in August this year, when the birth rate increased by 1,000.
Figures published in November said Russia's population stood at 141.9 million."