Contents of Demoscope Weekly issue

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Current topic: Family values of Russians and Europeans

  • Introduction

  • What we measured and how

  • Russia and European countries on a scale of the traditional to modern character of normative views

  • Traditionality and modernity in gender and family relations

  • Dynamics of Russian attitudes toward homosexuality

  • Conclusions

  • Links to related topics

  • Topics of previous issues

Russian demographic barometer

Demographic results of the first half  of 2014 (Part III)

  • Net migration in Russia for January-July 2014 decreased by 14% compared to the same period in 2013

  • Russia’s greatest migration gain in January-July 2014 came from migration exchange with Ukraine – 28.8 thousand people

  • The most intense migration remains  intraregional migration of the rural population, with 21 arrivals and 26 departures per 1,000 people in 2013

  • In January-July 2014 the population of 81 of the 83 Subjects of the Federation increased due to migration exchange with the CIS countries, but in 65 of them was reduced as a result of migration exchange with other regions of Russia

  • Of the Russian population increase due to migration about 30% are people between the ages of 20 to 29, two-thirds of whom are male  

  • At the end of the second quarter of 2014 1,019,000 foreign nationals had work permits - 39 thousand less than in the same period in 2013

Through the eyes of the analysts

  • A multiple equilibrium?

  • The policy of institutionalization and the practice of privatization of family life: partnership and marriage in Russia

  • Person and citizen: sexuality as a way of building  civic consciousness in Russia

  • Gender relations in government and administrative structures in Australia

  • Russians’ geopolitical vision of the world: why is Russia not Europe?


  • Family, wealth or self-realization: what matters more to the “average Russian”?

  • Russians are satisfied with family life

  • A balance between personal life and career can be observed only in youth

  • Russians against abolition of maternity capital payouts

  • Emigrants and emigration

  • Refugees from Ukraine: make them at home or send them home?

In the vastness of Russia

  • The most densely populated cities in Russia are not the capitals, but towns of the Moscow region

  • The first results of the Crimean census will be made known in November

  • The subject of raising Russia’s retirement age is still not topical

  • By 2020 Russia must create 2.5 million additional places in school

  • Transferring a funded pension to a voluntary one is still under discussion

  • Ministry of Labor is against abolition of base payments for working pensioners

  • Recalculation of work and social pensions of Crimeans has been completed

  • Deputies insist on raising minimum wage to subsistence wage

  • 5.5 million families have received maternity capital certificate

  • Finance Ministry proposes to transform maternity capital into a more effective form of fertility support

  • Ministry of Labor categorically opposed to abolishing maternity capital program

  • Abolition of maternity capital not on government’s agenda

  • Maternity capital already included in draft budget until 2017

  • The number of orphanages in Russia has decreased by 20% over past 5 years

  • One in five Russians have received work promotion in past few years

  • Will law on cottage industry create millions of jobs for Russians?

  • In Russia, over 9 thousand jobs for the disabled have been created since the start of the year

  • In Crimea, 40,000 people registered in Ukraine are waiting for Russian citizenship

  • Deadline for notifying FMS of second citizenship is running out

  • State Duma creating mechanism of notification of second citizenship for those unable to do so

  • Russians are in favor of simplifying acquisition of citizenship by refugees

  • The number of “rubber apartments” in Russia has decreased five-fold

  • In past year and a half one million violators of migration legislation have been stopped from entering Russia

  • In Russia, three-month amnesty likely for illegal migrants

  • Tighter controls have reduced the number of migrants in Saint Petersburg and the Leningrad region

  • Over 875 thousand residents of south-east Ukraine are now in Russia

  • More than 200 thousand Ukrainians have asked for asylum in Russia

  • More than 100,000 refugee children from Ukraine arrived in Russia in April

  • About 40,000 Ukrainian refugees are employed in Russia

  • Medvedev proposes to employ refugees to meet the needs of the regions

  • State Duma reduces personal income tax for working refugees from 30% to 13%

  • In 2015 Russia plans to allocate 360 million rubles for working with compatriots

  • Crimean Tatars are citizens of Russia

  • The Public Chamber will recheck migrants’ knowledge of Russian

  • In Russia, 1.3 million people are infected with HIV

  • Supreme Court confirms ban on adoption by HIV-positive parents

  • Russia records decrease in number of smokers

  • Drug experts advocate total ban on “Spice” in Russia

  • Head of Federal Drug Control Service is against total drug testing for school students

  • Mortality in hospitals after traffic accidents has reached record low

  • The number of accidents in Russian factories is going down

  • WHO to open office for non-communicable diseases in Moscow

Eurasian panorama

  • In Ukraine, 5.1 million people living in conflict zones

  • The number of pensioners in Uzbekistan will reach 20% of the population by 2050

  • State Statistics Office in Uzbekistan has discovered no migrant workers

  • Poroshenko does not rule out amendments to law on lustration

  • The International Labor Organization will assist Tajikistan to ensure the growth of employment

  • Visa-free entry to Kazakhstan will be extended for citizens of 10 countries

  • Head of FMS supports introduction of a unified entry visa for Russia and Belarus

  • Could a unified visa for Customs Union lead to an uncontrollable flow of migrants into Kazakhstan?

  • Nearly a third of those leaving Kirgizia to relocate are Kirghiz  

  • Chinese migration to Kazakhstan may increase in 10 years

  • In Kazakhstan’s capital, the number of migrant workers growing

  • Kirgizia hopes for organized recruitment of migrants to work in Russia

  • 55% of Kirgiz labor migrants prefer Russia; 22%, Kazakhstan

  • 400,000 Uzbeks blacklisted by Russia’s migration service

  • Remittances to Moldova from abroad over past 8 months have reached $1.1 billion

  • The amount of migrant remittances to Kirgizia in its ruble equivalent is not going down

  • Uzbek migrants have begun sending less money from Russia

  • Ukraine Cabinet of Ministers approves procedure for registering temporary migrants

  • Some 26 thousand refugees have returned to Donetsk region this past week

  • Over 15 thousand Ukrainian refugees have written complaints to ECHR and the International Criminal Court

  • Kazakhstan not expecting a flood of refugees from Afghanistan after the withdrawal of coalition troops

  • Should the second language in Ukraine’s schools and universities be English rather than Russian?

  • Ukrainian authorities intend to introduce quotas for materials printed in Russian

  • Ukraine may be left without HIV medications by early 2015

World news

  • Latvian President says low election turnout is testimony to population outflow

  • Belgian police oppose pension reform

  • Estonia will not impose tax on childlessness

  • Unemployment in Germany in September stayed at August level of 6.7%

  • Latvia plans to increase unemployment benefits

  • EU to introduce biometric Schengen visas for Russia in April 2015

  • Latvia intends to deprive Russians of opportunity to obtain permanent residence permit in exchange for investment

  • Estonia simplifies citizenship for children of non-citizens

  • Estonia to simplify the granting of citizenship to the elderly

  • More than 330,000 people applied for asylum in developed countries in the first half of 2014

  • Germany experiencing a large influx of refugees

  • The number of Syrian refugees in Turkey has exceeded 1.5 million people

  • Germany will hold a conference on the issue of Syrian refugees

  • UN will provide West Africa with transport to fight Ebola

  • USA may send 4 thousand troops to West Africa to fight Ebola

  • U.S. Department of Health vows to prevent spread of Ebola virus in the country

  • HIV originated in the 1920s in Kinshasa

  • In Malaysia, more than 75,000 cases of dengue fever since the beginning of the year

  • The number of people infected with dengue fever in China has exceeded 21 thousand

  • A healthy lifestyle reduces the risk of heart attack by 86%

  • Opponents of new Texas abortion law want to appeal to the Supreme Court  

  • In past three years the number of cases of domestic violence in Estonia has increased by a third

  • EU to allocate 180 billion euros for fight against climate change

  • In the halls of Australian parliament, women wearing burqa will be allowed only behind glass

  • Court in India allows citizens not to state their religion

  • Most residents of Estonia are against the recognition of same-sex families

The newspapers write about….

  • “Ogonyok” on slashing social spending

  • “” and “Novye Izvestiya” on a possible ending of maternity capital payouts

  • “Vechernaya Moskva” on childlessness

  • “Kommersant” on the size of employment benefits

  • “Kommersant” on a four-day work-week

  • “Kommersant” on a possible shifting of insurance contributions from employers to employees

  • “Kommersant” on a ranking of the best countries for the elderly

  • “Russkiy Reporter”  on aging

  • “Bolshoy Gorod” on technological progress, entrepreneurship and aging

  • “Izvestiya” on pensions for migrant workers

  • “Vedomosty” on registering at one’s workplace

  • “Novye Izvestiya” on the situation of Ukrainian refugees

  • “Ogonyok” on refugees with 20 years of experience

  • “Vedomosti” on a simplified procedure for granting Russian citizenship to businessmen

  • “Kommersant” on an incident of deprivation of Russian citizenship

  • “Kommersant” on notification of dual citizenship

  • “Kommersant-Dengi” on the life of expats in Russia

  • “” on Chinese migration to Kazakhstan

  • “” on the situation of Russians in Estonia

  • “EurasiaNet” on the education system in Tajikistan

  • “” on Zhuzes and in vitro fertilization

  • “Nezavisimaya Gazeta” on unified standards of medical care

  • “Ogonyok” on high-tech in medicine

  • “Novye Izvestiya” on problems with therapeutic foods due to sanctions

  • “Kommersant” on excise taxes on tobacco products

  • “The Guardian” on the Ebola virus

  • “Independent” on how HIV arose

  • “Ogonyok” on the attitude of the Catholic Church to marriage and divorce

  • “Russkiy reporter” on the extinction of half of all animals

Read books and magazines

  • European tobacco control status report 2014

  • Abortion policies and reproductive health around the world

  • Russia and China: Youth of the 21st Century

  • Women and men of Kazakhstan, 2009-2013

  • International travel and health, 2012

  • Through the pages of the journals “Zdravookhranenie Rossiyskoy Federatsii” (“Public Health of the Russian Federation”) and “Obschestvo i ekonomika” (“Society and Economics”)

  • Contents of the “Journal of International Migration and Integration”

The Reading Room

  • On types of economic activity making one eligible to apply for Russian citizenship under the simplified procedure

  • On the organization of work with compatriots living on the territory of Ukraine and desiring to participate in the State program of assistance with voluntary resettlement to the Russian Federation of compatriots living abroad

Profession: researcher

  • International courses in "Population and Development" and "Demographic Forecasting"

  • "Migration processes: the approaches of Russia and France”. International Scientific and Practical Conference

  • For the 25th anniversary of the death of Edward Rosset

Satirical column

  • Traditional family values from the Council of the People’s Commissars

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