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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Population to Decrease

Russia's population will continue to decline in the coming years due to economic upheaval and a breakdown of the country's health services, an official said Tuesday.

Alexander Tkachenko, head of the Russian Labor Ministry's department of human resources told Itar-Tass that Russia's index of fertility will remain too low to keep the population stable.

The index of fertility fell sharply from 1.73 in 1991 to 1.55 in 1992, due to "an exacerbation of the socio-economic and political situation and a fall in living standards of most Russian families," Tkachenko said.

The index will remain around 1.5 until the end of the century, he said. It must be 2.11 to keep the population level constant.