Russia In Context: Demographics and incomes create an agreeable sense of urgency

Summary:

Demographics threat cannot be ignored. Russia’s natural population declined by 300,000 last year and that number is expected to grow each year in this decade. The problem is the big fall in the number of females of child-bearing age. This is a legacy of the 1990s migration and economic crisis. This is the reason why President Putin spent most of his recent Federal Assembly Address talking about the need for remedial actions and why US$47 billion has been allocated in the National Projects program.

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