Russia’s population undergoes largest ever peacetime decline

Analysis finds natural population fell by 997,000 between October 2020 and September 2021 – with Covid cited as principal cause

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Russia’s natural population has undergone its largest peacetime decline in recorded history over the last 12 months, according to an analysis of official government statistics made by a prominent independent demographer, as the country battles a deadly fourth wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The natural population, a number calculated from registered deaths and births, excluding the impact of migration, declined by 997,000 between October 2020 and September 2021, the demographer Alexei Raksha has calculated.

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