Russian city reaches 5 million population

Sept. 24, 2012 at 11:31 AM
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ST. PETERSBURG, Russia, Sept. 24 (UPI) -- The governor of Russia's second largest city said a baby born during the weekend was the metropolis' 5 millionth resident.

Gov. Georgy Poltavchenko of St. Petersburg said officials have awarded a four bedroom apartment to the Sharkov family in honor of the birth of baby Lyudmila, who brought the city's population to 5 million, RIA Novosti reported Monday.

"Today the girl's father will fire the cannon at the Peter and Paul fortress (the old citadel built by Emperor Peter the Great) to celebrate the girl's birth," Poltavchenko said.

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