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Assessing Population Difficulties of Russia Russia is located in North-Western Eurasia spanning 10 time zones and covering over 17m sq kms Russia was founded in the twelfth century and throughout the ages was able to expand its territory gradually conquering neighbouring principalities Today Russia is the biggest country in the world which impresses with its cultural diversity and size The World Factbook Russia Just like any country in the modern world Russia had its ups and downs throughout the centuries Unfortunately for this country the last decades were definitely no the best times in Russian history Of course the economic situation of the country will always have a huge effect on the population Today the population of Russia is steadily decreasing Since the end of communism in 1991 the population of Russia has not experienced a steady increase In fact it has not experienced any increase in the last two decades The Russias population fell by 05 in 1999 and could be down 28 million by year 2005 Russias northern regions are the ones who suffered the most - the arctic Chukotka regions population has dropped by 50 over the past decade Russia braces for population disaster Of course the population does not drop by itself and there are a lot of factors that contributed to this dramatical drop Some of these factors are poor overall economy in the country which in turn leads to violence and depression bad nutrition and health care and heavy drinking The Effect of Economy on Natural Increase The collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 had a tremendous effect on Russian economy In the privatization years in the early 1990s Russia allowed small group of people who are often called oligarchs to gain vast interests in the energy and media sectors As a result of this a huge gap between the rich people and the poor was created Surprisingly it only took Russia about 10 years to
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