The economic and social turmoil after the fall of the Soviet Union was profound enough to be seen in the demographic statistics. Birth rates dropped as the death rates went up. Typically when birth rates drop it is presented as an indicator of social development, but it clearly is not in this instance. What explains these statistics?
Perhaps Russia's social, economic, and high rate of alcohol consumption has contributed to these extreme differences in low birth and high death rates. Certainly a clear way to recognize post Soviet birth rates declining, while the death rate climbs. From 1992 on the death rate has been noticably higher than the birth rate. Eilzabeth Allen
Via Seth Dixon