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You may heard many times that there are millions of single Russian women who cannot find a husband because of the male/female ratio in Russia. It's said that there are 12 million more women in Russia than men and there is a lot of competition to find a good man in Russia, even If a Russian woman wants to marry a Russian man it is not so easy for so- called obvious reasons.

But, in fact that is not true at all. Of course, nobody can deny that millions of Russian men died in the past because of world wars and left their women alone. Now those women are mostly above age 65 and do not seek marriage.

Here some statistics and graphs that prove my point.
Sex ratio:
Under 15: 1.05 male(s)/female (male 10,806,895/female 10,285,532)
15-64 years: 0.92 male(s)/female (male 48,864,763/female 53,048,315)
65-over: 0.46 male(s)/female (male 5,969,976/female 12,928,498)

Russia's demographic crisis of the 1990s was largely caused by economic factors after the fall of the Soviet Union and there is no observable gender imbalance for those under 30. The birthrate in Russia reached 1.7 last year, which is close to an average in Europe, and Russia is expected to experience a small natural population increase. Russia is currently enjoying a baby boom after Putin implemented pro-family policies to encourage women to have more babies.

There are two reasons why Russia’s demographic situation has improved so much. First, there is a strong correlation between the economy and the birthrate. High youth unemployment and weak economic prospects discourage people from settling down and starting families, while people are more likely to marry and have children during economically auspicious times. This is why the Great Depression resulted in low birth rates in Europe and North America, while the economic prosperity of the first two decades after the Second World War contributed to a baby boom on both sides of the Atlantic. Thus, as living standards in Russia have improved since their catastrophic plunge following the collapse of Communism, more young Russians feel economically secure enough to start a family. Additionally, Russia’s demographic situation has improved in recent years thanks to the generous pro-family policies of Vladimir Putin. Putin realises that his dreams of resurrecting Russia’s superpower status cannot be realised if the country is facing a pensions crisis and its demographic strength is declining. Russia has instituted a new social programme which pays 10,000 US dollars to families after the birth of a second child. Moscow has also increased spending on crèches and preschools.
I think that the Russian government's incentive to give financial support for women with 3+ children is one of the regime's best ever ideas. Most of the Russian women I know have been popping kids recently like there's no tomorrow. Good for them. Though I think that as great and fool-proof as the program is (little of money given directly, instead its a "fund" to help the children down the road, education, school supplies, clothes money, medicine money, etc.), the major downside is that the amount of money is a bit small. But its better than nothing I suppose. There are some bright things happening in today's Russia.
Travesty wrote:A more likely scenario is that those Caucasus Muslims and Central Asian immigrants they shipped in are breeding.

Indeed, Muslim populations in Russian Caucasus are skyrocketing ... in particularly Ingushetia. Perhaps it would have been more appropriate for Russian government to give such incentives to areas of Russia with negative natural population growth.

Russian [non-Muslim] men engage in many various extreme aspects of unhealthy lifestyles and its not surprising to see their life expectancy so low.
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