After 15 years of transition, the Russian population is still in turmoil

Population and Societies

420, February 2006

Since the end of the Soviet era, the population of Russia has fallen substantially. The October 2002 census made it possible to quantify this decrease and to examine the factors involved. Alain Blum and Cécile efèvre assess the situation and reflect upon the role of social policies. The upheavals of the last 15 yearsare the latest episode in a turbulent demographic history, and this is highlighted by the deep notches in he Russian population pyramid.

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