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Russian Demographics See Record High Improvement

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The birthrate in Russia hit a post-Soviet high in August and mortality fell.

The Economic Development Ministry is proposing that the government sell land permits at tenders for investors that seek to build retail, office or industrial space, in order to streamline a cumbersome procedure that can take up to three years going from official to official, Minister Elvira Nabiullina said Tuesday.

Under the amendments that the ministry submitted for the second reading of a land-use bill going through the State Duma, municipal and regional governments would list available land plots online and organize electronic tenders should investors show interest in the plots, she said at a Presidium meeting.

“We hope the bill will be one of the most important steps to reduce administrative barriers for investment projects,” Nabiullina said.

Health and Social Development Minister Tatyana Golikova reported a record birthrate figure last month. She said women gave birth to 173,200 babies in August, or more than in any other month since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. Golikova did not name the overall population dynamics so far this year, but said the mortality rate had declined 6.1 percent in this year’s first eight months from the same period last year.

The slump in agriculture has been overcome, and the 2011 grain harvest can restore Russia’s position as one of the leading grain exporters, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin told the government Tuesday, Interfax reported. “Today one can say with confidence that the slump in agriculture, which arose as a result of two years of abnormal heat and drought, has been overcome. The final grain crops are estimated at 90 million tons. The figure was 61 million last year and 96 million the year before last, but 90 million tons is a very good, indicative result,” Putin said.

VEB will invest 2 trillion rubles ($60 billion) in Russia’s economy through 2015, Putin, who oversees the country’s state development bank, also said at the government meeting.

That’s equivalent to 2.8 percent of gross domestic product, he added.

Deputy Prime Minister Igor Sechin requested that Putin instruct the Federal Tariff Service to establish tariffs for the refueling services at all airports without alternative complexes.

“One of the key issues is the monopolization of the market for delivering fuel to airports. At a majority of Russian airports, operations are conducted by one refueling complex, which unilaterally dominates that market and supplies air carriers with a range of services with no alternatives,” he said.

Regional differentiation is frequently unjustified, he said. Refueling an aircraft in Volgograd costs 5,000 rubles, but at Pulkovo in St. Petersburg 1,000 rubles and at Sheremetyevo 1,700 rubles.

Sechin requested that Putin order the Transportation and Economic Development ministries to speed up work on creating alternative refueling complexes at airports. He added that it is important to task the Transportation Ministry with ensuring sufficient fuel reserves at airports to permit uninterrupted operations for 10 days.


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5 Responses to " Russian Demographics See Record High Improvement "

  1. Just Russian says:

    Independent sources: 141,1 million of Russian population was counted with migrants included. And many of them are not documented even! Thus, nobody actually knows a REAL number of Russian population.

    The same about official statements for birthrate and deathrate. No wonder that official is always hiding real numbers and real facts.

    As for the “slump in agriculture has been overcome”… What a bald lie!

    Bottom line:
    Officials will never tell you all truth as well as their official statistics. For having REAL picture just go and ask inhabitants at streets. You will be surprised.

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    • Ivan says:

      I think the previous post was written by somebody who deliberately is trying to distort the truth. I live in Moscow and I know that the information about high standards of living and high birth rate in Russia is correct. US is desperate to pay various groups to discredit Russia, but 90% of their own 235 year history has been either slavery or segregation. 30mln American Indians slaughtered, this is 5 holocausts. Their Presidents are not elected by the majority and the last two elections were a joke with corrupted Supreme Court which handed the victory to the party that appointed them. The Third Roman Empire=Fat Yankey land is about to collapse giving more space to Russia.

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      • Just Russian says:

        And listen something else you, the provoker! Russia does not need more of space. She has enough of it. She has enough of everything. What Russia REALLY needs is that “those damn global Z…. ctiminals” would stop stretching their hands to her resources, leave her alone and let her follow her own way, so everyone on her land could live in peace and prosperity.

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  2. Just Russian says:

    “I think the previous post was written by somebody who deliberately is trying to distort the truth. I live in Moscow and I know that the information about high standards of living and high birth rate in Russia is correct.”


    Oh really?! “…high standards of living…”?! Wow. Are you that another totally blind man or just a troll coming here to tell us your b*llsh*t?? Or probably you are Putin&Medvedev’s ambassador to everywhere on the WorldWideWeb?!

    I live in Russia and I am definitely not the one you could “dupe on ears” unlike those readers who would read you being abroad.

    If you would REALLY live in Moscow you MUST know that Moscow doesn’t represent the whole Russia’s condition. Moscow of nowadays is one of the richest city and therefore one the most expensive standards of living in the world. The TRUTH is that the rest of Russians ARE NOT Muscovites. As a whole birthrate and deathrate in Russia as well as the lowest EVER living standards are like I said and ARE based on INDEPENDENT sources.

    Go tell starving babushkas and homeless kids about “high standards of living” and watch their reaction, you little troll!

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