Russia’s population decreased by more than 1 million last year for the first time since the collapse of the Soviet Union.
According to the data released by the Russian Federal Statistics Service (Rosstat), the death rate in the country increased by 15.1% in 2021 compared to the previous year, and 2 million 440 thousand people died.
In the country, where the number of births decreased by 2.3 percent to 1 million 400 thousand, the population decreased by 1 million 40 thousand last year for the first time since the collapse of the Soviet Union.
While the population of Russia decreased to 145.5 million people by the end of 2021, the number of marriages in the country decreased from 923 thousand to 770 thousand last year compared to 2020, and the number of divorces increased from 564 thousand to 644 thousand.
According to official figures in Russia, 330 thousand 111 people have died so far due to the Covid-19 outbreak.
Experts warn that the flow of immigrants to Russia has also decreased, and this situation, combined with the long low birth rates in the country, may lead to a new demographic problem.