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The Kremlin Needs to Address Russia’s Demographic Crisis

by Bill Hayes

In an editorial for the Moscow Times, Ilan Berman argues that The Kremlin Needs to Address Russia’s Demographic Crisis.

The latest numbers are in, and the forecast for Russia’s demographic health is bleak. According to official figures released by the country’s state statistics agency, Rosstat, in late May, Russia had 70,000 fewer births during the first four months of 2017 than it did a year earlier.

These statistics run against the Kremlin’s triumphalist narrative, in which strong leadership and shrewd investments allowed Russia to decisively turn a demographic corner.

Instead, as one analysis of the Rosstat figures puts it, the “extinction” of Russia’s population is accelerating …. [more]