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‘Population Prescriptions:’ Pronatalism and the Fear of Underpopulation in Post-Soviet Russia

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“Russian Cross” – The Problem of Underpopulation

In May 2006, in his annual address to the Federal Assembly, then (and most likely soon to be again) President Vladimir Putin made a passionate statement about the dire demographic situation in Russia. He identified Russia’s decreasing population as a possible national security threat and as the most acute issue facing the country. …