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Current topic: Russian dachas in different scales of space and time

  • Urbanization and dacha suburbanization in Russia

  • Dachas and their study in Russia

  • A variety of dacha types

  • Dacha dwellers between Moscow and St. Petersburg

  • Dachas in resort areas

  • The role of dacha dwellers in preserving the population settlement system

  • Prospects for the development of dachas in remote rural areas

  • Links to related topics

  • Topics of previous issues

European demographic barometer

  • Economic activity of the population of the EU-28, 2014

  • Demographic trends are making it necessary to increase employment and productivity

  • In the years 2003-2014 economic activity declined among the young, and increased among older people

  • Economic employment of those aged 20-64 has not yet risen to the level of 2007-2008, coming to 69.2% in 2014

  • The share of part-time workers in 2013-2014 exceeded 20%

  • In 2014 the unemployment rate in the EU-28 fell slightly compared with 2012-2013, coming to 10.2%

  • In addition to the 24.8 million unemployed in 2014, employment opportunities for another 22.1 million persons were not fully used

Through the eyes of the analysts

  • Dacha life in remote rural areas

  • The role of dacha dwellers in the local rural area

  • Dacha suburbanization in the Moscow region

  • Transformation of the functions of the Moscow region’s rural areas after 20 years of market reforms


  • Marrying later to help each other out with the housework

  • Attitudes to health

  • Bringing back Soviet practices to combat alcoholism

  • Deviant behavior

  • Refugees in Europe

In the vastness of Russia

  • In Russia, the number of deaths exceeded the number of births by 3.2%

  • By 2050 the population of Russian could fall by 2 million people

  • Most Russians do not support raising the retirement age in Russia

  • Ministry of Labor rules out raising the retirement age before 2017

  • Life expectancy in Moscow increased by almost three years between 2011 and 2014

  • About 700 people over a 100 years old living in Moscow

  • Micro-census to include questions about state of health for the first time

  • Russians do not expect that their pensions will provide for them in old age

  • Medvedev proposes to abolish the indexation of pensions for working pensioners

  • Length of service requirements for setting public service pensions to be increased

  • Medvedev approves list of “small peoples” of the North for setting up pensions

  • Regions to receive extra money to support large families

  • In Moscow the number of large families has grown by half in five years

  • Getting benefits for temporary disability and maternity will get harder

  • Over 9 billion rubles to be allocated for support of disabled people in the regions

  • In Russian Federation, the number of mothers giving up their newborns has shrunk

  • Since January, labor relations of more than a million people have been legalized

  • In Russia the number of highly skilled workers has risen

  • The number of scientists in Russia has grown for the first time in 15 years

  • Labor Ministry proposes to increase the maximum amount of unemployment benefits

  • More than 1.5 million foreign citizens barred from entering Russia

  • FMS wants to distribute compatriots evenly throughout the regions

  • Will a point system for obtaining a permanent residence permit attract foreigners?

  • Head of Russian Academy of Sciences proposes more active recruitment of talented foreigners to Russia

  • Migrants bring Moscow more revenue than problems

  • Cost of work license for Moscow region migrants to remain the same until 2016

  • Federal Drug Control Service calculates that 3 million Russians use drugs daily

  • Will selling alcohol to those 21 and older help to overcome the demographic hole?

  • Russians drinking less during crisis

  • Ministry of Health allows Russians to smoke in building entrances

  • Mortality from stroke has been cut in half over last 10 years

  • Russia becomes one of top ten leaders in fight against non-communicable diseases in 2015

  • Government criticizes all of Mizulina’s anti-abortion bills

  • In State Duma bill to be submitted on the right to mass health examinations without loss of earnings

  • Ministry of Health needs to increase funding for 2016

  • WHO will assist Russia in resuming cooperation with the G8 countries on health issues

  • Proposal to take away driver’s licenses for overdue fines

  • Russia to create association of crisis centers for women with children

Eurasian panorama

  • In Moldova 16% of the population are 60 and over

  • By 2025 25% of the population of Moldova will be retired

  • One in five inhabitants of Belarus is elderly

  • Armenia is a country with an aging population

  • World Bank proposes that Azerbaijan carry out pension reform

  • Could Azerbaijan increase the retirement age?

  • New pension system to begin operating in Georgia in 2017

  • Average pension in Belarus was 2.2 times higher than the subsistence minimum for pensioners

  • More than 640 thousand Belarusian pensioners continue to work

  • Pensioners in Moldova live without basic amenities

  • 28% of population in Ukraine living below the poverty line

  • Subsistence minimum for men of working age in Georgia is 68.6 dollars

  • Despite crisis, average salary in Moldova is growing

  • Minimum wage in Moldova is lowest in Europe

  • Abolishing assistance for birth of child will not affect fertility level in Ukraine

  • Azerbaijan to introduce compulsory medical insurance

  • EU helped Kirgizia to implement educational development strategy

  • In Minsk, the number of officially unemployed increased more than fourfold for the year

  • 68% of Ukrainian top managers are ready to change their country of residence

  • In the first half of the year 400 thousand Ukrainians found a job in Poland

  • Kirgiz citizens located in Russia complain of checks, bans and expulsions

  • Remittances to Georgia decreased by 26%

  • No one knows the exact number of immigrants in Ukraine

  • Russia and Belarus will jointly tackle the problem of illegal migration

  • US Government supports Tajikistan’s efforts to combat human trafficking

  • In Kirgizia’s hospitals a risk of HIV infection

  • In Belarus, a decrease in mortality from cardiovascular diseases

  • Armenia introduces preferential IVF

World news

  • The number of elderly in the world will exceed 2 billion by 2050

  • Italy is the country with the oldest population in the EU

  • Germany’s population reaches 81.2 million

  • By 2080 Latvia’s population will shrink by 32%

  • 11% of Israel’s population is over 65

  • Demographic situation in Latvia has improved from very bad to bad

  • Foreign investors in Latvia are most concerned about demographic indicators

  • Fertility in Finland has dropped to critically low level

  • In Germany live 800 thousand Germans from Kazakhstan

  • Oldest resident of Japan dies aged 115 years

  • UN General Assembly adopts program of global development for next 15 years

  • World Bank raises poverty line to $1.9 a day

  • Cameron confident that all countries, not just developed ones, must fight against poverty

  • By year-end the number of jobs in Brazil will have decreased by one million

  • In August the unemployment rate in Lithuania was above the EU average

  • Sweden moving to a six-hour workday

  • Germany approves changes in immigration legislation

  • UAE tighten supervision over observance of rights of migrant workers

  • Europe welcomes migrants ready to work

  • UN expects 700 thousand refugees in Europe by the end of 2015

  • European Union to set up reception centers for refugees on the borders of the Union

  • EU may allocate €1 billion to help migrants

  • G7 and another 10 countries will allocate $1.8 billion to UN to help refugees

  • Are a third of refugees in Germany lying about being Syrians?

  • EU preparing to deport 400 thousand migrants

  • Trump promises to deport all migrants from Syria if he becomes US president

  • EU has agreed on operation against transporters of illegal immigrants in the Mediterranean

  • Arabic has become the fastest growing language in the US

  • Mortality from disasters in 2014 was almost 90 percent lower than the average over the last decade

  • UN to provide $25 billion to combat maternal and child mortality

  • In Denmark, people get cancer more often than in other European countries

  • US Senate rejects bill to ban late-term abortions

  • In South Korea, cheating is still not a reason for divorce

  • Pope shows support for officials refusing to register gay marriages

The newspapers write about…

  • “Svobodnaya Pressa” on the 2015 micro-census

  • “MOSLENTA” on the micro-census in Moscow

  • “BBC Future” on the Earth’s demographic future

  • “The Epoch Times” on China’s demographic problems

  • “Economy Times” on long-term trends of Russia’s demographic development

  • “” on the “demographic catastrophe” of the 1990s

  • “Meduza” on the crisis and demographic problems in Russia

  • “Moslenta” on population growth and the demographic situation in Moscow

  • “Moslenta” on the problems of Moscow families

  • “Le Monde” and “Moldavskie vedomosti” on the migrant crisis in Europe

  • “RBK” on migration and the EU economy

  • “The Financial times” on the doubtful utility of migration

  • “Der Spiegel” on 4 billion euros for refugees in Germany

  • “Project Syndicate” on the need for an asylum policy

  • “Izvestiya” on “eternal” work licenses for migrants

  • “” on a proposal to simplify the language requirement for migrants

  • “Vecherniy Bishkek” on the migration implication of Kirgizia’s joining the EAEC

  • “Kommersant” on an “excess” of citizenship in the Crimea and residency requirements for compatriots

  • “Novye Izvestiya” on the deportation of migrants from Russia

  • “Die Presse” on emigration from Russia

  • “Den” on the Ukrainian diaspora in Canada

  • “RBK” on fertility and the housing market

  • “Novosti Belarusi” on family capital in Belarus

  • “Russkaya sluzhba BBC” on children born out of wedlock

  • “Izvestiya” on disapproval in the government of the ban on abortion

  • “” on contraception in Russia

  • “Novosti Belarusi” on demographic problems and contraception in Belarus

  • “Kommersant Dengi” on the marriage market in the crisis

  • “RBK” on a “quality rating of death”

  • “Vedomosti” on the problem of accidents in the workplace

  • “Rossiyskaya gazeta” and “Pravoslavie i Mir” on the new age limit on the sale of alcohol

  • “Novye Izvestiya” on medical tourism

  • “Kommersant” on the Moscow City Duma’s opposition to a ban on deporting persons infected with HIV

  • “Finmarket” and “Rossiyskaya gazeta” on the retirement age and pension indexation

  • “” on the attitude of Russians to raising the retirement age

  • “” on national pride instead of pensions

  • “Belarusian News” on the labor market in Belarus

  • “RBK” on real and imaginary problems of higher education

  • “Wired Magazine” on internet and the dying out of languages

  • “The Washington Post” on the benefits of learning foreign languages

  • “The Atlantic” on distinctive features of raising Japanese children

  • “Izvestiya” on ISIS instead of xenophobia and nationalism

Read books and magazines

  • The European Health Report 2015

  • Demographic processes, the dynamics of labor resources and the risks to public health of the European part of Russia’s Arctic zone

  • Situation with cancer care in Russia in 2014

  • Women and men of Kazakhstan. 2010-2014

  • Migration in Russia: Economic Aspects

  • Through the pages of the journals “Gigiena i sanitariya” (“Hygiene and Sanitation”) and “Rossiyskiy vestnik perinatologii i pediatrii” (“Russian Bulletin of Perinatology and Pediatrics”)

  • Contents of the “Journal of Marriage and Family”

Profession: researcher

  • Territorial mobility in Stalin's Soviet Union: expulsions, deportations, incitement to migration and other forms of restrictions of movement. Scientific seminar of the Institute of Demography of HSE

  • 90 years since the birth of Edward Arturovich Arab-Ogly

  • o E.A. Arab-Ogly. Then it seemed that some things were working out

The reading room

  • E.A. Arab-Ogly. Demographic and ecological forecasts

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