Predictions of Russia’s literal imminent demise have proven wrong again as the country enjoyed its third consecutive year of natural population growth, President Vladimir Putin said in a fragment of his interview to US filmmaker Oliver Stone, reports TASS.
“Fortunately, we have managed to reverse this trend. And it’s the third consecutive year that we are witnessing a natural increase in the population, including in the regions which are traditionally populated by ethnic Russians,” Putin said.
According to Russian state statisticians, as of January 1, 2017, the population of Russia is almost 144.5mn excluding Crimea, whose annexation in 2014 is largely unrecognised by the international community. Including Crimea and Sevastopol, the population 1s 146.8mn.
In the 2010 census, ethnic Russians were found to make up 81% of the total population. In total, 160 different ethnic groups live within the Russian Federation's borders.
Ukraine's industrial output rose 3% year-on-year in April following a 1% y/y growth in the prior month, according to the Ukrstat state statistics service.
The National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) kept its key policy rate unchanged at 17% due to the fact that "the current monetary conditions are sufficiently tight to bring inflation to its medium-term target", the regulator said in a statement on May 24.
After reporting slight recovery in industrial output in April, first-tier data of Russia Rosstat statistics agency showed improvements on the demand side as well, with retail trade increasing by 2.4% year-on-year in April, up from 2% growth m/m
Data includes reaction to the announcement of early elections but does not take into account the latest travails of the Turkish lira.
Mobile data was the most dynamic segment of the market, with users growing 28.3%, though revenues only account for 4.4% of the total generated by the sector.