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Vladimir Putin Hosts The Most Awkward Family Reunions

He handed out the Order of Parental Glory to Russians who have been "preserving the family’s traditional foundations" by having seven or more kids on Monday, and the pictures are amazing.

Last updated on July 3, 2018, at 1:17 p.m. ET

Posted on June 1, 2015, at 5:06 p.m. ET

Did you know that Vladimir Putin hands out medals every year to giant families in Russia? Because he does.

Get your Von Trapp family references out of the way early.
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Get your Von Trapp family references out of the way early.

It's called the Order of Parental Glory, and it has a storied history that dates all the way back to 2008. Then-President Dmitry Medvedev founded it via executive order "for activities that promote the institution of the family and child-rearing."

It may have been one of most lasting measures of Medvedev's presidency.
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It may have been one of most lasting measures of Medvedev's presidency.

"Today, on International Children’s Day, big, friendly and clearly happy families from all around Russia have gathered here at the Kremlin," Putin declared at the ceremony held on Monday.

This child, like all of us, has many questions.
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This child, like all of us, has many questions.

Putin hailed the families, nine of them for each of Russia's nine federal districts, who've raised at least seven children (including adopted kids) for their "outstanding contribution to preserving the family’s traditional foundations."

That mom's vest is the best piece of fashion at this entire event.
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That mom's vest is the best piece of fashion at this entire event.

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"Time and history have proven repeatedly the absolute value of these foundations," Putin continued. "They have always protected Russia and helped it to prosper, made it stronger and more powerful, and form our multi-ethnic people’s moral foundation."

This family alone is halfway to having its own show on TLC.
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This family alone is halfway to having its own show on TLC.

Aside from the appeal of having Putin pose with families who could field their own baseball teams, the award basically serves as the softer side of the Russian campaign to increase the birthrate.

The woman on the right is totally gonna use this as her Facebook profile pic.
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The woman on the right is totally gonna use this as her Facebook profile pic.

Back in 2006, Putin called the then-declining birthrate among Russians the country's "most urgent problem." It's also been used as a validation for the "anti-gay propaganda" laws that followed.

That IS Vladimir Putin's comforting face. Also, props to the kid with the candy and the jealous stare she's earning from her brother.
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That IS Vladimir Putin's comforting face. Also, props to the kid with the candy and the jealous stare she's earning from her brother.

Since then, Russia's birthrate is still rather low, at roughly 1.7 children born for every Russian mother. So Russia, while births are narrowly edging out deaths, isn't exactly in the middle of a population boom.

Oh wow, the kid on the far left? He's seen some things.
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Oh wow, the kid on the far left? He's seen some things.

So Putin is still handing out the awards. And judging by his declaration that Russia will "continue pursuing our active demographic policy," he probably will for as long as he's president — so forever.

Each of these children will be vying to see who can make it back onto this stage.
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Each of these children will be vying to see who can make it back onto this stage.

BONUS: Here's a picture of Vladimir Putin looking like he's about to steal this child's dessert.

And there's nothing NATO can do about it.
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And there's nothing NATO can do about it.

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