Vladimir Putin estimates that the population of Russia’s 146 million inhabitants is not even spatially sufficient for the area of his country, while mortality is increasing.
The Russian state covers more than 17 million square kilometers, with Putin focusing on reducing life expectancy as a result of the pandemic, noting that the average age of death was 71.5 years last year, down from 70 this year. , 1 year.
“From both a humanitarian and a geopolitical point of view, taking into account the people of the country – 146 million for such a huge region is completely insufficient,” he said.
According to him, this percentage is also a disadvantage from an economic point of view, as the country does not have enough people to make up its workforce.
“We now have about 81 million people working. We must significantly increase it by 2024 and 2030. It is one of the factors of economic growth “, he added, estimating that the increase of labor productivity is one of the most important” bets “of the country.
Russia has seen its largest annual population decline in 15 years, with 510,000 people dying in 12 months and a pandemic, and a drop in birth rates.