A friend in Russian and blog writer gives you a look at Russia as it stands today. The Russian middle class grew from 8 million to 55 million from 2000-2006 and makes up the majority today. Watch out for his sense of humor :)
1. Russia Isn’t Dying
This myth has got considerable traction, especially in the Western media. Its origin could have something to do with the decline in Russia’s population from 150 million in 1991 to around 140 million today. But chew on this – in 2012 Russia’s birth rate actually exceeded that of the United States. This is quite surprising when you consider that in 2002 the US had a birth rate 75 percent higher than Russia’s.
Mark Adomanis, an expert on Russian demographics and economics, has compared Russian and American data, and discovered that since 2008 the Russian birth rate has increased by about 10 percent while the United States has slumped by about 9 percent.
To be sure, over the really long term the Russian population will be older and smaller. But here’s the difference: by 2050 Russians will still be in control of Russia, whereas today’s dominant ethnicities in…
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