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Over the past 30 years the number of child brides in Russia decreased by 15 times. In 1990 there were 72 thousand, in 2018 — a total of 4.6 thousand, RIA Novosti reported citing the data of Rosstat.
The number of grooms and adolescents in the country also fell sharply. In 1990, there were 13.5 thousand, last year — only 454.
Head of the laboratory of Plekhanov Russian University of Economics Elena Egorova in conversation with the Agency noted that decline is related to economic factors and rethinking of the values of youth who first try to get an education and a job, and then marry. According to her, many sociologists and psychologists believe that today’s young people are often immature and therefore not ready to start a family.
Egorova added that another reason — the fear of prosecution for underage sex. “We can assume that the increased number of resonant Affairs about relations with a minor with statutory rape charges influenced the consciousness of young people,” she said.
According to article 13 of the Family code (the”age of consent”), to enter into marriage age is 18. In some cases the law allows to lower the threshold to 16 years, for example, in the case of pregnancy or birth.
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