English: Natural population growth trends of Russia. Data source: Demoscope death rates,Demoscope birth rates, Rosstat ru
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?
Via Seth Dixon