Vladimir Putin worries about declining population in Russia

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  1. Rahul92

    Rahul92 Senior Member Senior Member

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    Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has unveiled plans to reverse Russia's declining population.

    The government will spend 1.5tn roubles ($53bn; £33bn) on raising the birth rate and extending life expectancy.

    He announced the plan in a key speech to the Duma on the economy ahead of presidential elections in March 2012.

    The prime minister has hinted he may seek to return to the presidency, but it is unclear whether the incumbent Dmitry Medvedev would make way for him.

    Mr Putin, widely seen as the power behind the throne in Russia, stood down as president at the last election because of a constitutional limit on his term in office, and backed Mr Medvedev - a close political ally - as his successor.
    'Unjustified liberalism'

    The speech was seen as an opportunity for Mr Putin to outline his economic policies ahead of the presidential elections, as well as parliamentary elections due in December.
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    Vladimir Putin warned against the risk of being weak and overly dependent on the outside world


    The prime minister positioned himself as a political hardliner, in contrast with Mr Medvedev who has presented a more liberal face and greater openness to the West during his presidency.


    The Russian premier, whose government has been criticised in the West for stifling democracy, once again said that political stability was more important than liberalising too fast.

    "The country needs a decade of strong, calm development, without different kinds of swings, poorly thought out experiments based on at times unjustified liberalism or, on the other hand, on social demagoguery," he said, reminding voters of the disasters of the 1990s.

    Mr Putin emphasised the need for the Russian economy to diversify away from energy and mineral exports, and reduce its economic dependence on the outside world.

    "The oil boom we are witnessing only underlines the need to move quickly to a new model of economic development," he said.

    "Economic weakness and sensitivity to external shocks result in threats to national sovereignty.

    "Let's be frank - in the modern world, if you are weak, there is always someone who will come in and unequivocally recommend which way to go, what policy to conduct, what path to choose."

    In a surprise initiative, he called for "demography projects" in a country whose population has fallen 6% since the mid-90s.

    "First, we expect the average life expectancy to reach 71 years," he said.

    "Second, we expect to increase the birth rate by 25-30% in comparison to the 2006 birth rate."
    'Strategic sectors'

    Russia - which confirmed its status as the world's biggest oil producer - has been riding high on energy prices.

    The prime minister said the economy had grown by 4.4% in the first quarter of the year, making it the best performer in the G8 group of major economies.

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    And despite his calls for a more diversified economy, Mr Putin said the recent Fukushima disaster, and the resulting backlash against nuclear energy in Europe, would only increase demand for Russian oil and gas exports.

    With oil revenues surging, he said the government would cut its budget deficit to 1%-1.5% this year and eliminate it altogether in the future.

    To support economic development, Mr Putin advocated the lifting of barriers to foreign investment in "strategic sectors" in Russia.

    He said the government aimed to attract $50bn-60bn in foreign capital in the coming years, compared with a rate of $40.5bn in 2010.

    Addressing the pharmaceutical industry, he hinted that companies doing business in Russia may be required to invest more money in the country.

    "We spend billions on orders of medical equipment from foreign companies," he said. "I think it's natural to state that the foreign partners would also gradually move to Russia."

    An issue of concern to many voters is inflation.

    Wildfires last summer sparked shortages and sharp rises in grains and other foodstuffs.

    The government was closely watching the areas affected by the fires, he said, adding that inflation would not exceed 7.5% this year.

    Russia's economy in numbers

    Source: Reuters

    Population (Dec):


    139.4m

    Population growth (2010):


    -0.5%

    GDP growth (2010):


    4.0%

    GDP (2010):


    $1,457bn

    Foreign Direct Investment (2010):


    $40bn

    Inflation (Mar):


    9.5%

    Unemployment (Mar):


    7.1%





    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-13143523
     
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  3. Virendra

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    It seems that Russians aren't in the best possible position to leverage this golden opportunity. That is what Putin wants to see changed ASAP.


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  4. Armand2REP

    Armand2REP CHINI EXPERT Veteran Member

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    I thought Russian population grew last year.
     
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    Too much vodka has done this to them :tsk:
     
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    hmmm they can take indian expert help in this field where we excel.
     
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    Armand2REP CHINI EXPERT Veteran Member

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    Vodka don't keep them from screwing. It is all the abortions.
     
  8. Virendra

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    Abortions on large scale? Why did they go for abortions ?
     
  9. Oracle

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    The solution : Have uncontrolled immigration from Somalia, Pakistan & Bangladesh as is in major countries of Europe.
     
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    Armand2REP CHINI EXPERT Veteran Member

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    They are too poor to raise their babies.
     
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    But that is not a problem for the poorest of the poor here in India.
     
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    Poorest of the poor in India cannot afford contraceptives and abortion, so they keep their babies and then use them in factories, farms etc.
    More number of children means more money.
     
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    Armand is kidding!

    I will give one reason for the declining population of Russia and Europe, but that has to be said w.r.t India.

    It's the economically backward class in India who have more than 2 children or many children. The reason being, after a tired's day of work, sex is the only form of enjoyment they have. Most cannot even afford contraceptives. So the huge population. Also, among the illiterate & poor section, many have the idea that, the more the hands, the more money they will earn in future.

    The middle class or should I say well to do class of people have many things to do after work. They go to pubs, eat-out, watch movies and many other things because they can afford a variety of enjoyment. For them sex is one more form of enjoyment, and they take precautions too. And this is true even after they get married, most of them being educated raise 1 or 2 kids with the intention of getting them a better education and lifestyle. For them sex is for recreation most of the times, rather than procreation.
     
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    Absent/Poor facilities during pregnancy and delivery is one of the reasons for high infant mortality rates, specially in developing countries like India.


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    :confused: What are we discussing? Infant mortality rate in India? OR I have not understood your POV.
     
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    Armand2REP CHINI EXPERT Veteran Member

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    Not really, the ex-Soviet states have the highest abortion rates in the world.
     
  17. Virendra

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    Yes the mortality rate in India, as a follow up post to the one of amitkrit. I think I should've quoted him.
    But we better get back to Russia - on topic.

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  18. Rahul92

    Rahul92 Senior Member Senior Member

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    Being the biggest country in the world doesn't mean to have big population but the problem stated is that if the trend continues it may have to depend some other countries for out sourcing & this type of dependence is not wanted by Russia
     
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    I was actually taking about the statement below. :)

     
  20. AOE

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    Russias ridiculous abortion rate does play a role in their declining population, and perhaps Russias need to murder journalists and dissidents who satirize their politicians could be another factor. :loco:
     

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