Contents of Demoscope Weekly issue

## 651-652

Current topic: Geography and Economics of the Russian prison system

  • Ways of studying the geography of the FPS (Federal Penitentiary Service)

  • The history of the formation of the network of Russia’s correctional facilities

  • The modern geography of correctional facilities

  • The demographic weight of the “prison population” in sparsely populated areas

  • Mixed effects of the closure of remote “zones”

  • What is the point of labor in penal colonies?

  • The geography of prison production

  • Conclusion

  • Links to related topics

  • Topics of previous issues

Russian demographic barometer

  • Crime in Russia, 2014

  • In 2014, the drop in crime in Russia slowed down

  • The number of crimes related to drug trafficking has continued to grow

  • The reduction in the number of murders and attempted murders is also slowing down; in 2014 the number was 8.2 per 100 thousand people

  • The number of deaths in road accidents remained the same as in 2013 - 27 thousand

  • Most offenses are committed between the ages of 16 and 30

  • In 2014, 719,000 people were convicted; 29% of them received prison sentences

  • As of 1 August 2015 about 650 thousand people were incarcerated

Through the eyes of the analysts

  • Trust, welfare and political economy: Explaining national differences in the use of imprisonment. Part one.

  • Trust, welfare and political economy: Explaining national differences in the use of imprisonment. Part two.

  • The Gulag’s dry residue

  • The geography of unfreedom: on the infrastructure of deportation and the Soviet security regime

  • Limiting territorial mobility and the construction of space from the Stalin era to the present day

Take care of women!

  • WHO on the benefits of breastfeeding

  • Breastfeeding in Russia

  • Demoscope’s comments

In the vastness of Russia

  • Russia will leave the ranks of the top ten most populous countries by 2050

  • Will Russia’s population be halved by the year 2050?

  • In Russia, the overall mortality rate is increasing

  • The contribution of the elderly to the overall mortality rate in Russia is increasing

  • Fertility in Moscow grew by 3% in January-July

  • The number of marriages registered in Moscow has decreased

  • Russia preparing for the microcensus

  • State Duma to adopt law on raising the retirement age for civil servants by the end of 2015

  • Has a moratorium on the funded part of pensions become an even more urgent question?

  • The choice between funded and distributive pensions may be extended until 2018

  • Over 3 million families have improved their living conditions with the maternity capital

  • 200 thousand children will go to private kindergartens using the maternity capital

  • Getting a child ready for school in 2015 has become almost 50% more expensive

  • 100 thousand first-graders in Moscow

  • Most social and economic problems have begun worrying Russians less

  • Unemployment in Russia decreased by 0.1% in July

  • Rostourism proposes to introduce mandatory fingerprinting of tourists from Europe

  • FMS has developed law “On granting asylum in the Russian Federation”

  • Every tenth university student expresses desire to leave the country after graduation

  • Russians have begun taking to drink and committing suicide more often

  • 67% of Russians believe that there are not yet comfortable conditions for the disabled

  • Senators introduce draft law to State Duma on baby boxes in Russia

  • Ministry of Health will take balanced approach to limiting the importation of medical equipment

Eurasian panorama

  • UN predicts rapid growth of population of Tajikistan

  • Azerbaijani population will increase to 12.1 million people by 2050

  • The population of Kirgizia is almost 6 million people

  • The number of Ukrainians has decreased by 164 thousand people

  • Nearly 7 thousand people have been killed since the beginning of the conflict in eastern Ukraine

  • In Belarus, 2019 census will be held using population register

  • Real income continues to fall in Belarus

  • In Moldova, wages are rising, while real income is falling

  • Salaries in Ukraine will remain at pre-crisis level

  • 58% of Ukrainians are not ready to endure economic hardship for a better life in the future

  • Lukashenko signs decree on increasing pensions

  • Ukraine expects to receive visa-free regime with the EU by 2016

  • The number of registered displaced persons in Ukraine has reached 1.45 million

  • Labor migration from Tajikistan has decreased

  • Georgian government wants to protect the labour rights of citizens abroad

  • Remittances to Georgia have fallen by 24.2%

  • The volume of remittances to Kirgizia has fallen by 25%

  • The language issue is only in 20th place among Ukrainians’ problems

  • In Turkmenistan only 8% of the population smoke

  • Azerbaijan to ban smoking in public places

  • In Kirgizia, child mortality is down

  • In Kirgizia the maternal mortality rate is steadily decreasing

  • During the last seven years of the immunoprophylaxis program in Ukraine there has been a shortage of funding

World news

  • Asians and Africans will make up 80% of the world population by 2050

  • In most countries of Eastern Europe the population is declining

  • The solving of demographic problems is a long-term priority for Latvia

  • China may make population growth a priority

  • In Germany begins a rise in fertility

  • In a small Italian town the church will pay compensation for a third child

  • Japanese centenarians will no longer be encouraged with silver sakazuki

  • The world’s safest countries have been announced

  • Every fifth resident of Lithuania is below the poverty line

  • Unemployment rate in Lithuania has gone down to 9.4%

  • Lithuanian government supports referendum on dual citizenship

  • Migration crisis in Europe is the biggest since World War II

  • Conflicts with migrants becoming a problem for Europe

  • Britain and France have reached an agreement to combat migration

  • The total number of migrants in Germany has reached 10.9 million

  • Since the beginning of 2015 250,000 illegals have arrived in Europe by sea

  • Teenage refugees arriving in droves in Sweden without parents

  • Over 400,000 migrants have applied for asylum in the EU since the beginning of the year

  • Germany expects an influx of 750,000 refugees this year

  • Slovak government refuses to accept Muslim refugees

  • Trump promises to rid America of illegal migration

  • Myanmar parliament approves prohibition on citizens’ changing religion

  • The number of people infected with the Ebola virus in West Africa has surpassed 28 thousand people

  • The number of feeble-minded persons in world will triple in next 35 years

  • Overwork increases risk of heart attack

The newspapers write about…

  • “Rossiyskaya gazeta” on projections of world population

  • “Interfaks” on changing demographic policy in China

  • “Den’” and “” on demographic problems in Ukraine

  • “Rosbalt” on the decline of Russia’s population

  • “The Village” on the causes of mortality in Moscow

  • “Novy Den’” on mortality in Russia

  • “IA Bloknot” on morbidity and mortality from cancer in Russia

  • “RIA Novosti” on HIV in Russia

  • “Svobodnaya Pressa” on Russians’ satisfaction with their health care system

  • “Meditsinskaya gazeta” on blood donation

  • “Project Syndicate” on Europe’s problems with migrants

  • “” on German threats against the Schengen Agreement

  • “Kommersant” and “RBK” on a point system for residence permits

  • “REGNUM” on granting work licenses for migrants in Moscow

  • “Moslenta” on easing migration for citizens of Kirgizia

  • “Nezavisimaya gazeta” on the high cost of deporting illegal immigrants

  • “Rossiyskaya gazeta” on “stimulating” internal migration

  • “Vedomosti” on the attitude of Russians to “multiethnicity”

  • “RBK” on the tolerance of Russians to migrants

  • “” on non-Jews in Israel

  • “Nezavisimaya gazeta” on the Catholic Church’s decision to allow remarriage

  • “IA Novosti Federatsii” on the opinions of different Russian confessions about divorce

  • “Rossiyskaya gazeta” on expanding the use of the maternity capital

  • “Rossiyskaya gazeta” on alimony evasion

  • “” on banning rich weddings in Tajikistan

  • “Forbes” on Russia’s pension problem

  • “” on the “pension compromise”

  • “Vedomosti” on the Russian labor market

  • “Zebra-TV” on the problems of municipal population statistics

Read books and magazines

  • Golden Aging: Prospects For Healthy, Active, And Prosperous Aging In Europe And Central Asia

  • Demography Report (Eurostat)

  • Demographic Yearbook of the Republic of Belarus

  • Children and young people of the Republic of Belarus

  • The Russia economy in 2014

  • Through the pages of the journals “Problemy sotsialnoy gigieny, zdravookhraneniya i istorii meditsiny” (“Problems of Social Hygiene, Health and History of Medicine”) and “Akusherstvo i ginekologiya” (“Obstetrics and Gynecology”)

  • Contents of the journal “Population & Societes”

Profession: researcher

  • Happy anniversary to Tamara Mikhailovna Maximova

  • Happy 65th birthday to Alexander Vladimorovich Akimov

  • A.V.Akimov. World civilizations up to the year 2100

  • In memory of Anatoly Rudolfovich Vyatkin

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