Russian population growth still not yet established

Mortality rate in 2017 8 percent above birth rate, a downward turn compared with 2016; steps in place to help reverse this trend

The Russian Federation is still in flux as regards population. As the nation continues to recover from the effects of Communism and financial hard times over the last twenty years, the population has been virtually the same since the 2005 census. Last year the population turned down slightly, as the mortality rate was 8 percent above the birth rate in the country. The population of the whole country fell by about 25,000 people, or a decline of 0.2%.

The current population of the Russian Federation is 143,972,736 as of Tuesday, March 6, 2018, based on the latest United Nations estimates.

This decline would have been steeper were it not for an influx of some 160,000 immigrants to Russia from other places. Many migrants come to Russia, Moscow most particularly, from some of the other former Soviet Republics, the present day CIS countries.

While Russia’s population has been stagnant or slowly declining, a great many people that are in Russia have been moving to Moscow. The population of the capital city of the Russian Federation was officially listed as 12.19 million in the 2016 census. However the truth is that the population of city is really not firmly known, and some estimates have it as high as 17 million people.

The Russian Federation is committed to increasing the population of the country, therefore a great deal of cooperation from the Church authorities assists in this drive, as well as homesteading opportunities offered by the government for property in Siberia and Russia’s Far East.

The 2018 State of the Federation speech given by President Vladimir Putin on March 1st, 2018 indicated measures that are planned to improve many things in Russia, ranging from infrastructure in roads and transportation to investment in the nation’s economy and a push to increase the standard of living across Russia.

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