Russia’s population undergoes largest ever peacetime decline, analysis shows

Posted by on October 13, 2021 7:26 am
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Analysis finds natural population fell by 997,000 between October 2020 and September 2021 – with Covid cited as principal cause

Russia’s natural population has undergone its largest peacetime decline in recorded history over the last 12 months, according to an analysis of official government statistics made by a prominent independent demographer, as the country battles a deadly fourth wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The natural population, a number calculated from registered deaths and births, excluding the impact of migration, declined by 997,000 between October 2020 and September 2021, the demographer Alexei Raksha has calculated.

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