Russia warning: Vladimir Putin panic as nation braces for population slump of 1.2 million

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This year the population of Russia is due to decrease by 352,000 people and President Vladimir Putin hopes to resolve the issue. In July, Mr Putin tasked the federal government to implement immigration policies that will ensure sustainable population growth by 2030. This year’s slump in the population is the worst since 2006 and has been blamed on a mixture of falling births, a decline in immigration, and the coronavirus pandemic.

The Russian statistics service Rosstat reported the coronavirus pandemic has claimed 45,663 lives in Russia between April and August 2020.

The statistics organisation calculated that Russia’s 4.2 percent mortality rate for the April to August period was higher than the global rate of about 3.5 percent.

Since the 1990s Russia’s population has fallen by two million people.

The current population is 146 million.

In Russia, the birth rate dropped by more than 200,000 last year and now families are smaller than 50 years ago.

Russian people are having fewer children and without immigration, the population is in decline.

Russia witnessed a huge population decline during the Second World War and then again around the same time as the chaotic fall of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, speaking to national radio station Kommersant FM, called these two historical events “demographic holes”.

He said: “Do not forget that our country lost 30-something million people during the Second World War, and we have fewer women who can bear children.

“These two holes are haunting us throughout our modern history and, unfortunately, they’ve come together here and that’s why there are such negative trends.”

Now years later there is a decline in the number of women of childbearing age.

The government has instigated measures to encourage bigger families.

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But, demographic changes in nations are difficult to alter.

Speaking about the declining birth-rate in the nation in 2018 Vladimir Putin spoke to the Federal Assembly and said: “Everything depends on the preservation of the people of Russia and the well-being of our citizens, this is where we need to make a decisive breakthrough.”

To attract immigration to Russia Vladimir Putin scrapped a law requiring those who wish to settle having to renounce their original citizenship.

Becoming a nationalised Russian has also been simplified.

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