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Russia's demographic crisis revisited


President Putin's May 2006 state of the nation address with its proposal of a baby bonus seemed to mark a move from words to deeds about Russia's ongoing demographic crisis (with a continuing annual 700,000 population decline).

On the one hand, the factors that contribute to negative demographics loom as large as ever: low birth rates, Europe's lowest male life expectancy and highest accidental death and suicide numbers, alcohol and substance abuse, territorial degradation and...

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