Experts See No Exodus Of Discontented Liberals From Russia

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(RIA Novosti – Moscow, 16 January) On the basis of official statistics, researchers from the Centre of Political Information have made a conclusion that the “liberal panic” in Russia has not led to a mass outflow of “the discontented” from the country. In addition, having analysed the dynamics of migration from Russia to countries other than former Soviet republics, experts […]

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NEWSLINK: Russian birth rate to rise to 1.8 million as New Year rings in

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[Russian birth rate to rise to 1.8 million as New Year rings in – Russia Today – Robert Bridge – December 21, 2012 – http://rt.com/politics/russia-demographics-population-babies-crisis-538/] Pro-Kremlin Russia Today reports on an announcement by Deputy Prime Minister Olga Golodets that there have been increases in the Russian birthrate: Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Olga Golodets has announced some optimistic news regarding the […]

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Russians have more confidence in authorities’ ability to make their life better – poll

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(Interfax – December 20, 2012) The approval ratings of Russian leaders grew in December after a minor decline in November, Levada Center told Interfax on Thursday. It held a nation-wide poll on Dec. 14-17. The approval rating of President Vladimir Putin stood at 65 percent in December, as against 63 percent in November and 68 percent in September, the sociologists […]

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Diaspora Youths Sold on Russian, but not Russia

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(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – Lena Smirnova – Dec. 14, 2012) Members of the diaspora who gathered in Moscow on Thursday for the Forum of Russian Compatriots welcomed President Vladimir Putin’s recent edict to support remote Russian language-learning amid efforts in their home countries to limit the status of their mother tongue. However, attendees also voiced doubts that the language […]

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Experts Dismiss Population Rise as Momentary Blip

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(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – Natalya Krainova – Dec. 12, 2012) In his first address to parliament as president on Wednesday, Vladimir Putin is likely to reiterate that improving Russia’s demographic situation will be one of the key targets of his six-year term. Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on Friday praised a first small rise in natural population growth in 20 […]

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Putin Tackles Demographic ‘Crisis’ in Address

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MOSCOW, December 12 (RIA Novosti) ­ Russia risks entering a new demographic crisis unless it acts to capitalize on recent successes, President Vladimir Putin warned on Wednesday. “There should be more of us, and we should be better,” Putin said during his first state of the nation address since being reelected for a third term as president last March. Putin […]

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Medvedev Defends Foreign-Agent Law

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(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – Alexander Bratersky – Dec. 10, 2012) In a live television interview, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev expressed support for a range of legislation that critics say is part of a crackdown on the political opposition, including a law requiring certain NGOs to register as foreign agents. But the former president also conveyed liberal positions on several […]

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Russia’s population will stop declining in two years – Medvedev

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MOSCOW. Nov 29 (Interfax) – Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Russia’s population may stabilize at the level of some 143 million people in two years. “We can stabilize the country’s population by 2015 at a level of 142-143 million despite the current negative forecasts and increase life expectancy of 74 years by 2018,” Medvedev told the government on Thursday. […]

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NEWSLINK: Russia’s Population is Growing For The First Time Since The Early 1990’s

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(Russia’s Population is Growing For The First Time Since The Early 1990’s – Forbes.com – Mark Adomanis – Nov. 29, 2012 – http://www.forbes.com/sites/markadomanis/2012/11/29/russias-population-is-growing-for-the-first-time-since-the-early-1990s/) Forbes and Mark Adomanis examine the Russian demographic situation: Just to be clear, the fact that Russia eked out a minuscule level of natural population growth does not mean that it is poised to reemerge as a […]

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NEWSLINK: Russia government sets population growth as top priority

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(Russia government sets population growth as top priority – Itar-Tass – Nov. 29, 2012 – http://pda.itar-tass.com/en/c154/584720.html) ITAR-TASS covers Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev’s comments at a meeting of the Russian government, that the Russian government’s top priority is to stabilize demographic trends and increase Russia’s population: Despite the natural growth of the population, the demography is among the achievements and […]

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Making of Magnitsky List a Murky Affair

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WASHINGTON, November 21 (By Carl Schreck for RIA Novosti) – With the Magnitsky Act moving through the US Congress, American lawmakers are making clear their intent to punish Russian officials deemed by Washington to be responsible for human rights abuses. Less clear is who will end up on this blacklist­and how. The Magnitsky bill passed Friday by the US House […]

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Russia to Stay Raw Materials Based to 2030 ­- Survey

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MOSCOW, November 20 (RIA Novosti) ­ Russia’s economy will remain primarily based on raw materials production until 2030, along with the remnants of high technologies like the nuclear and space industries inherited from the Soviet era, Rosiiskaya Gazeta reported on Tuesday, citing the latest forecast by Russian economists. The Global Strategic Survey 2030 was prepared by the Institute of World […]

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Blue skies, clear thinking: Russian democracy in the Cloud

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(Fyodor Krashenninikov and Leonid Volkov – www.opendemocracy.net – November 16, 2012) Leonid Volkov is protest movement activist and political blogger based in the city of Yekaterinburg. In 2009, Volkov ran for and won a seat on Yekaterinburg’s city council. Together with Fyodor Krasheninnikov he co-authored “Cloud Democracy” published in Russia in 2011. Fyodor Krasheninnikov is political PR consultant, protest movement […]

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Putin Faces Anti-Migrant Tide as Opponents Tap Resentment

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(Bloomberg – bloomberg.com – Ilya Arkhipov and Henry Meyer – November 7, 2012) Russian President Vladimir Putin’s opponents are looking to take advantage of a dip in his approval rating by latching on to rising anti-immigration sentiment. With the share of Russians wanting tighter immigration rules at the highest in at least a decade, Alexey Navalny, the country’s most-popular opposition […]

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Is the Kremlin Writing off Middle-Aged Russians?

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(Paul Goble – Jamestown Foundation – jamestown.org – Eurasia Daily Monitor: Volume 9, Issue 201 – November 2, 2012) The Kremlin has created a new “agitation and propaganda” (agitprop) administration, which will focus on the elderly, whom the regime hopes to influence or at least keep in its corner now, and the young whom it can only hope to affect […]

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Water Privatization in Russia: More Than a Drop in the Ocean

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(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – Luka Oreskovic – November 2, 2012) Without water, humans can only live for a few days. Yet only about 1 percent of the earth’s water is suitable for human consumption. Rising GDP brings increases in demand for food production, including meat, which demands the greatest amount of water. Treating water is therefore a key utility. […]

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Zuckerberg Visit Sparks Brain-Drain Debate in Russia

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Bloomberg – bloomberg.com – Leonid Bershidsky – October 3, 2012 – Leonid Bershidsky, an editor and novelist, is Moscow and Kiev correspondent for World View. For Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s visit to Moscow was a great photo opportunity. Some of Russia’s technology entrepreneurs, though, saw it as the latest salvo in a global battle for the […]

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Russia Puts Renewed Hope in Repatriation Program

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By Natalya Krainova – Moscow Times – September 19, 2012 President Vladimir Putin has revised the state’s repatriation program, simplifying the process for former compatriots to move back to Russia and bring relatives along with them. But analysts doubt that the changes will significantly alter migration flows. Earlier this year, the president said that if the demographic decline is not […]

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