Contents of Demoscope Weekly issue

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Current topic: Orphanhood in Russia

  • Introduction

  • The legislative framework of orphanhood

  • Without parental care…

  • Family-based arrangements

  • The dynamics of orphanhood since 2000

  • Depriving and restoring of parental rights

  • From the orphanage to the family

  • The problem of repeated orphanhood

  • Cash payments and services for orphans and foster parents

  • Conclusion

  • Links to related topics

  • Topics of previous issues

Russian demographic barometer

Demographic results for the first half of 2014 (Part I)

  • Russia's population on July 1, 2014 totalled 146.1 million people, an increase from the beginning of the year of 88,000 people, or 0.06%

  • In January-June 2014 the natural decline decreased by 27.2 thousand people, or 2.1 times compared with the same period in 2013; population growth continues to be  provided by migration

  • In the first half of the year the number of births continued to rise, increasing by 1.7% compared to the same period in 2013

  • Over 6 months in 2014 the number of registered marriages and divorces increased compared with the same period in 2013

Through the eyes of the analysts

  • The child well-being index

  • Overview of Russian and foreign scientific research on the topic of overcoming the social exclusion of orphans and children left without parental care

  • Approaches to social policy in the field of foreign adoptions

  • Overview of family-based care for orphans in the northern, continental and southern countries of Europe

  • Taking care of orphans: a historical overview


  • The demand for additional education

  • Nationalism, xenophobia and migration

  • On alcohol consumption and banning plastic bottles

  • On raising the price of vodka

In the vastness of Russia

  • Fertility in Russia increased by 1.7% in January-July 2014

  • Russian schools and universities have opened their doors to 20 million students

  • Government approves concept of state family policy in Russia until 2025

  • The fate of funded pensions in Russia will depend on the financial market

  • State Duma Labor Committee is ready to support the abolition of the funded pension

  • Duma Deputies propose to extend duration of benefits for child care

  • Russians are dissatisfied with the electronic queue system for enrolling in kindergartens

  • State Duma Science Committee calls for age restriction on directors of research institutes

  • Unemployment rate in Russia is lower than the average among countries participating in the G20

  • Unemployment rate for the month decreased by 2.3% in 80 regions

  • Cabinet to discuss possibility of increasing labor mobility

  • Communists want Russia to give ethnic Russians preference in obtaining Russian citizenship

  • Pamphilova chides FMS for insufficient work issuing passports in Crimea

  • About 950 thousand foreigners denied entry to Russia

  • Experts oppose granting Russia’s FMS “police functions”

  • Moscow authorities intend to set their own value on a patent for migrants

  • Migrant workers will be able to take Russian exam long distance

  • Refugees from Ukraine will be given jobs outside labor quotas for 2014

  • Ministry of Education clarifies rules for admitting Ukrainian refugees educational establishments

  • HRC adopts recommendations on improving the situation of refugees from Ukraine

  • More than 58 thousand Ukrainian refugees in temporary accommodation facilities

  • Over last 20 years Russia has lost 1 million citizens from suicide

  • Russia needs national suicide prevention program

  • Drug testing procedure for students is waiting for approval

  • There will be no embargo on drug imports

Eurasian panorama

  • At least 3 thousand people have been killed in eastern Ukraine since the start of the conflict

  • Over 1 million people have left their homes as a result of crisis in Ukraine

  • Belarusian households have grown richer by over a quarter

  • Vulnerable groups in Kirgizia are the disabled, the elderly and children

  • In Armenia, university students with children will study for free

  • Moldovan youth with degrees from abroad will receive support for repatriation

  • Ukraine wants to start issuing biometric passports by 2015

  • Transnistria requests return to simplified procedure for obtaining Russian citizenship for its residents

  • Citizens of South Ossetia who also have Russian citizenship can take their time reporting second citizenship

  • Russian Embassy and representatives of the Federal Migration Service in Armenia can not accept notification of dual citizenship

  • The number of people returning to Ukraine has recently increased

  • Displaced people have begun leaving the Rostov region and returning to Ukraine

  • 2.5 thousand refugees returning daily to Luhansk region

  • In Georgia 258,038 people have refugee status

  • Remittances to Moldova from abroad hit record high

  • Remittances from Kirgiz labor migrants are down by 1.4% since beginning of the year

  • Parliament of Georgia considering state language law

  • In Kirgizia, during first seven months of 2014 there were 3850 traffic accidents, in which 521 people died

  • Mortality in Kazakhstan prisons has increased by a half in last 10 years

  • The frequency of strokes in Ukraine is 13 times higher than in Europe

  • WHO fears polio outbreak in Ukraine

  • Nazarbayev orders creation of obligatory medical insurance fund

  • In Georgia, new medical care rules for children, seniors and people with disabilities

World news

  • Almost 30% of Estonia’s able-bodied population has no special or secondary education

  • The total number of students in Lithuania is decreasing

  • The average gross salary in Estonia has exceeded 1000 euros for the first time

  • In Estonia, voting age down to 16

  • The main reason for divorce is unreadiness for the family duties and responsibilities of marriage

  • In Estonia, the life and behavior of men to be studied for the first time

  • The French expect that sanctions will increase unemployment in Europe by 1 million people

  • In the next few years Latvia will face a shortage of qualified specialists

  • Due to mass emigration the number of workers in Estonia has decreased to 1 million people

  • Estonia discusses various ways to confront the mass emigration of specialists

  • In Iraq, as many as 700 children killed or maimed since the start of year

  • USA in first place among developed countries in the number of violent deaths among children  

  • The number of victims of the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa has grown to 2,296 people

  • In order to fight the Ebola virus, Sierra Leoneans will be forbidden to leave their homes

  • Ebola virus epidemic reveals weakness of health care system in the affected countries

  • “Doctors Without Borders” declares the battle against Ebola lost

  • Number of dengue fever cases in Japan has reached 96 people

  • Over the past 10 years, the number of cancer patients in Latvia has increased by 40%

  • Infant mortality from cancer has decreased by 74% over past 10 years

  • Switzerland may forbid early detection of future child’s sex

  • Ozone layer could fully recover by mid-century

  • In 2013, the increase in the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere was the highest in 30 years

  • British doctors call for creation of emergency committee to combat childhood obesity

  • Fourth blood group linked to risk of developing dementia

  • Greece criminalizes denial of Armenian genocide

The newspapers write about

  • “Novye Izvestiya” on the closing of orphanages as a problem

  • “Vedomosti” and “Expert” on the funded pension system

  • “Novye Izvestiya” on the growth of poverty

  • “The Financial Times” on the global jobs crisis

  • “BBC” on working hard in Europe

  • “Ogonyok” on non-payment of salaries and strikes

  • “Vedomosti” on shadow employment

  • “Forbes” and “The New York Review of Books” on the dispute between Gessen and Adomanis regarding the demographic situation in Russia

  • “Golos Armenii” and “Ekho” on the demographic situation in Armenia

  • “” on salary and marital status

  • “” on childlessness

  • “Meditsinskaya Gazeta” on the problems of obstetrics

  • “Vedomosti” on life expectancy

  • “Novye Izvestiya” on the economic costs of the Ebola epidemic

  • “Novye Izvestiya” on the demographic cost of corruption

  • “” and “Vedomosti” on suicide and child suicides

  • “Kommersant” on drinking and driving in the UK

  • “Kommersant” on global drug policy

  • “Kommersant-Dengi” on a possible drug embargo

  • “Kommersant”, “Novye izvestiya” and “” on refugees from Ukraine

  • “Novye izvestiya” on a new incident of deprivation of Russian citizenship

  • “” on a letter from Estonian aliens to Obama

  • “” on Russians leaving Kirgizia

  • “” on a possible strengthening of Slavs in the Baltic States

  • “Kommersant” on the attitude of Germans towards immigrants and their integration

  • “The Guardian” on multiculturalism, fundamentalism ad emancipation

  • “Vedomosti” on the education of migrant children in Moscow

  • “Nezavisimaya gazeta” and “” on the migration of university graduates

  • “Kommersant-Dengi” on student migration

  • “” on a few facts and guesstimates related to demography  

  • “” on the origin of Ashkenazis

  • “Kommersant-Dengi” on euthanasia in Switzerland

  • “Vedomosti” on fines for dodging the census

  • “Atlantico” on the link between when a child is born and how well he does in school

  • “BBC” on humanity’s future in space

Read books and magazines

  • A demographic analysis of mortality and life expectancy of the elderly population in St. Petersburg

  • Key data on early childhood and care in Europe. 2014 Edition

  • Malignant neoplasms in Russia in 2012 (morbidity and mortality)

  • Regional Migration Report: South Caucasus

  • Demographic Yearbook of the Republic of Belarus

  • Through the pages of the magazines “Sotsiologicheskie Issledovaniya” (“Sociological Research”) and “Problemy prognozirovaniya” (“Problems of Forecasting”)

  • Contents of the journal “Population and Development Review”

Profession: researcher

  • The 85th anniversary of the birth of Alexander Akhiezer Samoilovich

  • S.Y. Matveeva. A divided society: the path and destiny of Russia in the sociocultural theory of Alexander Akhiezer

  • E.S. Kulpin-Gubaidullin. Remembering A.S. Akhiezer. About the book "In Search of a theory of Russian civilization"

Student page

  • Young demographers of HSE continue to share their summer experiences

  • British Conference on Population Studies

  • International Summer School in Spain


  • Congratulations to Nastya Pyankova on the birth of her daughter

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