Vladimir Putin recruits Boyz II Men to help boost Russian birth rate

President hires band to perform live in Moscow ahead of Valentine's Day

President Vladimir Putin has recruited Boyz II Men to perform live in Moscow and he continues his bid to boost population numbers in Russia.

The idea behind hiring the ’90s R&B group appears to be that their romantic and lust-filled slow jams will inspire the people of Russia to depart the concert and embark on activities that should see the number of pregnant women in Moscow increase overnight. Putin has repeatedly spoken about his desire to see the population of Russia increase, stating that three children per household is the figure to aim for.

The Moscow Times reports that hiring the group is part of the plan, stating, “The stylish trio of Boyz II Men, the most successful R&B group of all time, is coming to Moscow on February 6. The group will perform a selection of their classic and new romantic ballads, hopefully giving Russian men some inspiration ahead of St. Valentine’s Day.”

The band members Wanya Morris, Shawn Stockman and Nathan Morris, also spoke to the paper ahead of the Crocus City Hall concert, stating: “Russian audiences have always shown us a lot of love. It’s amazing for us to see fans across the world who know every lyric to our songs. We really appreciate all the support they have given us over the years.”

Vladimir Putin made his intentions for Russia to become a more powerful on the world stage by increasing their population clear during a state of the nation address in December, 2012. Speaking in Moscow, Putin said: “In order for Russia to be a strong and sovereign country, there must be more of us and we must be better in morality, in our competences, our work and our creativity.”