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Current topic: A sustainable development rating of Russian cities

  • Cities and sustainable development

  • Why we need a rating of sustainable urban development

  • Components and metrics of the rating

  • The rating’s leaders and outsiders

  • Different facets of comparison

  • Evenly and unevenly developed cities

  • How to perfect and use city ratings

  • Links to current topic

  • Topics of previous issues


Russian demographic barometer

Russia: preliminary demographic results of 2014 (Part I)

  • Russia's population is increasing for the sixth consecutive year - for 2014 it grew by 0.2%, for a total of 146.3 million people on 1 January 2015

  • In 2014 natural growth increased, but population growth is provided mainly by migration

  • In 2014 the increase in the number of births resumed

  • In 2014 the number of registered marriages decreased, while the number of divorces increased

Through the eyes of the analysts

  • Development of Russia’s urban system: trends and factors

  • The stratification of space

  • Cities of Russia’s East under the pressure of demographic contraction and western drift

  • Institutional factors of the development of failed nuclear cities

  • The development of social capital of Russia’s largest cities

  • Development and inequality: a spatial perspective

Polling

  • Do you need Demoscope?

Take care of women!

  • How should the state combat abortion?

In the vastness of Russia

  • Government’s social block is not considering raising the retirement age

  • The fate of the funded part of the pension will be determined in 2015

  • Increasing the required length of service for fixing pensions of teachers and doctors will be discussed publicly

  • Government not considering proposal to deduct 1% of salary for Pension Fund

  • Real disposable income in January fell by 0.8%

  • Around 70% of Russians are dissatisfied with their salary

  • The slowdown in the economy is affecting the health and reproductive behavior of Russians

  • The number of returned foster children has gone down 1.5 times

  • The number of orphans in Moscow has decreased by 20%

  • More than a third of Russians fear massive layoffs and wage cuts

  • Ministry of Labor records a 2.2% increase in unemployment for the week

  • FMS retains preferential system of extending temporary stay of Ukrainians in Russia

  • Job placement may be simplified for citizens of Serbia in Russia

  • The number of foreigners coming to Russia to work has not decreased

  • Moscow City Duma discusses requiring labor migrants to show a certain sum of money at the border

  • There should be around 20 migration centers in Russia’s large cities

  • The success of the work license system for migrants is indubitable

  • The monopoly of five universities administering exam for migrants will wreck the issuing of work licenses

  • Has the number of illegal migrants been halved in the past 6 months?

  • There will be no broad amnesty for migrants in the near future

  • The incidence of alcoholism in Russia has fallen by a quarter in last 25 years

  • In Russia, mortality among drug addicts is decreasing

  • The number of smokers in Russia has decreased by 17% in past two years

  • In Russia, children with cancer recovering more often

  • In Moscow, every case of suicide of cancer patients will be checked

  • Will free medical care in Russia not be cut by 2030?

  • The volume of paid medical services in Russia increased by 20% in 2014

  • In 2014, over 1 billion rubles from Russian budget was spent on medical aid to citizens of Ukraine

  • Ministry of Health has promised to increase the volume of high-tech medical care

  • Neonatal screening will reduce the cost of treatment

  • Could 50% of expensive drugs be replaced by cheaper ones?

  • Over 60% of Russians don’t approve of marital infidelity, 24% consider it the norm

Eurasian panorama

  • No fewer than 5,665 people have been killed since mid-April in the east of Ukraine

  • Azerbaijan’s population is almost 9.6 million people

  • Birth rate in Azerbaijan is 18.1 per thousand

  • Until June marriages in Azerbaijan can be concluded without mandatory medical examination

  • Half of all girls in Kirgizia are married by force

  • Per capita cash income in Azerbaijan rose in  January

  • Minimum wage in Ukraine in dollar terms has set a record low

  • Real wages in Belarus decreased by 13.6%

  • Growth of real wages in Azerbaijan came to 3.1%

  • With the increased cost of services the number of people needing subsidies in Ukraine will increase to 5 million

  • 5 million citizens of Ukraine are in need of humanitarian aid

  • Around 550 thousand people in the East of Ukraine have no access to drinking water

  • Unemployment benefits in Azerbaijan fell by 7.9%

  • Citizens of Abkhazia will get new passports before yearend

  • As of March 1, new rules for citizens of Russia entering Ukraine

  • Citizens of Armenia and Russia will be able to stay without registration on each other’s territory for 30 days

  • Departures to Ukraine from the Rostov region exceeded arrivals

  • There will be no exodus of Kirgiz migrants from Russia

  • Kirgiz authorities are asking Russia for preferential treatment of its migrant workers

  • In 2014, labor migrants in Russia sent more than $2.2 billion to Kirgizia

  • In Belarus, 1% of university students are taught in Belarusian

  • 48% of the population of Kirgizia speak fluent Russian

  • In Uzbekistan, major ethnic conflicts are practically impossible

  • Is the growth in crime in Tashkent due to the return of migrant workers?

World news

  • Europe is home to 70 thousand Estonians

  • 10% of the population has fled from Kosovo

  • Government of Iran to support fertility

  • Myanmar starting to limit births

  • BRICS demography seminar will take place in Russia at the end of the year

  • In January U.S. experienced annual deflation for the first time since 2009

  • Greece promises not to cancel current privatization deals

  • Spaniards will be able to adopt Russian children

  • Turkey and the European Commission have signed agreement on employment program

  • Unemployment in Estonia in 2014 was 7.4%

  • Children of Guatemala are forced to work like adults

  • Israel is ready to accept Jewish immigrants from Europe

  • Turkey has expelled 1.4 thousand people suspected of having ties to ISIS

  • Since the beginning of the crisis in Syria more than 10 million people have fled their homes

  • The number of people infected with the Ebola virus in West Africa has surpassed 23,000

  • Liberian authorities have decided to cancel curfew imposed due to Ebola virus

  • WHO warns of threat of cholera epidemic in Syria

  • US scientists are testing a vaccine against HIV

  • Disabled children in Estonia do not have enough means of rehabilitation

  • The number of measles cases in the U.S. has exceeded 150 people

  • UK Parliament legalizes birth of children from three parents

  • Water shortage threatens fourteen major cities

  • Pakistan will soon face water shortage

The newspapers write about…

  • “Vedomosti” on the Chinese Megacity

  • “Chatham House” on the development of cities

  • “Poisk” on the demographic situation and its consequences

  • “Nezavisimaya gazeta” on population policy

  • “Nezavisimaya gazeta” on cashing part of the capital maternity

  • “Kommersant-Dengi” on family values in time of crisis

  • “Ogonyok” on nuptiality

  • “Kommersant” on fictive marriages

  • “Belorusskie novosti” on life expectancy in Belarus

  • “Belorusskie novosti” on mortality from stroke

  • “Nezavisimaya gazeta” on internal and international migration in crisis

  • “Expert Online” on migration in Moscow

  • “Rossiyskaya gazeta” and “Kommersant” on how migrants are taking exams

  • “Vecherniy Bishkek” on a multifunctional center of labor migration

  • “Azatlyk Radiosy” on labor migration to Russia and Kazakhstan

  • “Novye izvestiya” on the emigration moods of Russians

  • “Kommersant” on Obama’s stalled immigration reform

  • “Izvestiya” on a decrease in emigration from Russia to the U.S.

  • “Camonitor.com” on Uzbeks in Kazakhstan

  • “Rossiyskaya gazeta” on the migration threat of ISIS

  • “Polit.ru” on employment and unemployment in crisis

  • “Nezavisimaya gazeta” on the unemployment forecast

  • “Rossiyskaya gazeta” on unemployment and suicide

  • “Rossiyskaya gazeta” on Moscow’s labor market

  • “RBC.ru” on the growth of shadow employment in Russia

  • “Rossiyskaya gazeta” on the rights of part-timers

  • “Nezavisimaya gazeta” on paying for free medical care

  • “Kommersant” on the lack of medicines for recipients of benefits

  • “Novye izvestiya” and “Kommersant” on the retirement age

  • “Rossiyskaya gazeta” on limiting pensions for working pensioners

  • “Kommersant” on inequality in Russia

  • “Kommersant-Vlast” on the rising cost of food

  • “Nezavisimaya gazeta” on social support

  • “Novye izvestiya” on registration and employment in Israel

  • “Vecherniy Bishek” on undercounting the population of Kirgizia

  • “Nezavisimaya gazeta” on parents’ age and children’s health

  • “Rossiyskaya gazeta” on mitochondrial replacement

  • “Polit.ru” on Twitter and atherosclerosis of the heart

Read books and magazines

  • Sociology. Natural Science. Society

  • Health of the Russian population: the influence of the environment in a changing climate

  • International legal mechanisms to regulate migration: doctrinal approaches and the experience of the Russian Federation

  • The regions of Russia. Socio-economic indicators.  2014

  • Uzbekistan. Health Systems in Transition

  • Through the pages of the journals “Demograficheskoye obozreniye” (“Demographic Review”) and “Terapevticheskiy arkhiv” (“Therapeutic Archives”)

  • Contents of the “Journal of Marriage and Family”

Profession: researcher

  • Demoscope Weekly editor-in-chief awarded honorary title of “Distinguished economist of the Russian Federation”

  • 90 years since the birth of Viktor Petrovich Danilov

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