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.