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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Russia's PopulationReported in Decline

Russia's population has decreased by 350,000 people this year and stood at 147.6 million as of Oct. 1, the State Statistics Committee said Wednesday.

The committee attributed the decline to the fact that the death rate -- 14.5 per every 1,000 people -- exceeded the birthrate of 9.1 per 1,000 people.

In the first eight months of 1996, only 889,800 births were registered in Russia, 4.9 percent fewer than during the same period in 1995.

Many Russian couples or single women say they cannot afford more children.

In addition, the committee said, the number of marriages was declining. The report, carried by Interfax, said that from January to August of this year there were 575,000 marriages registered in Russia, 14.2 percent fewer than during the same period last year.

The number of divorces dropped to 387,100 during the first eight months of the year, down 13.3 percent from 1995. But the divorce rate in 1996 was still high, at 673 per every 1,000 marriages, the committee said.