INSOR Russia: Institute of Contemporary Development
Updated June 28, 2019

November 3, 2011

Россия в иностранной прессе

RUSSIA'S SHRINKING POPULATION MARS PUTIN'S SUPERPOWER AMBITIONS. Despite Putin's efforts, Russian men die young and women have too few babies. Here's why that matters

Global Post (Бостон)

 In the long run, Russia's demographic dilemma may force Putin to drop Soviet revivalism, slash government controls and initiate genuine liberal market reforms, said Yevgeny Gontmakher, an economist with the Institute for Contemporary Development, a Moscow think tank linked to Medvedev. «We don't require that every square kilometer of Russia be inhabited, but for solid strategic reasons we do need the Russia-China border to be populated» with Russians, he says. «If Russia wants to be a part of that economically dynamic region, the only way is to bite the bullet, open up and reform. «It may be possible to reverse our dismal demographic trends, but it will require fundamental changes in the way our leaders think. We need to create economic opportunities, and drop all these grand plans based on state methods. It's a historic task facing our nation, and there isn't much time left to come to grips with it».