Economics: Grim outlook for Russia as its population plummets

The Russian government has promised cash incentives to couples to have larger families (photo: dpa)
The Russian government has promised cash incentives to couples to have larger families (photo: dpa)

Russia’s population is in sharp decline. This has implications which threaten Russian society, diminish prospects for economic development and affect the country’s influence on the world stage, says GIS expert Professor Stefan Hedlund who considers the causes and possible solutions in this special report.

OVER the past couple of decades, Russia has suffered damage to its population that is on par with that of a major war. Population damage as such is nothing new to Russia.

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During the 20th century Russia suffered a series of debilitating disasters, ranging from the civil war in 1918-21 in which hundreds of thousands died when the po...

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