Vladmir Putin, Russian macho-man leader, has apparently ‘decree’ (whatever that really means) an increase in the Russian birth rate, according to the Telegraph, and he has recruited Boyz II Men in the effort. Is it possible that the Russian people will respond unlike Western Europeans to such a call? Don’t underestimate the Russians.

If any ZPG people are still out there and are worried about the Russians overdoing it and overcrowding their country, here’s a fascinating story in Smithsonian about a family living in the Russian wilderness for decades without contact with other human beings–in the middle of millions of square miles of unoccupied countryside.