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

February 15, 2012

Россия в иностранной прессе

PUTIN VOWS TO HALT RUSSIA'S POPULATION PLUNGE WITH BABIES, IMMIGRANTS

The Christian Science Monitor

While Russia might be able to attract huge numbers of immigrants from neighboring China and Central Asia, Putin makes clear that he is talking about Russian-speakers who are willing to «embrace our culture and our values» — though he adds that Russia might be open to foreign «skilled professionals and promising young people» as well.

«There are not enough culturally Russian people left out there; most who wanted to come here already have,» says Yevgeny Gontmakher, a senior expert with the independent Institute of Social Development in Moscow. «A broader immigration policy would have to deal with the fact that Russia is a very xenophobic society. It would create more problems than it solved,» he says.