Tagged: Russia

Russia at the Crossroads

Update Dec 26, 2013: Mikhail Khodorkovsky was released from jail on Dec 20, 2013.  Mikhail Khodorkovsky is an almost forgotten Russian voice; he spent the last 10 years of his life in Russian jails in Siberia. He once was one of the richest men of Russia, but he disagreed too much with Putin. On October 24, 2013 he managed to publish a letter to the New York Times from jail. It is worth reading, because it summarizes the state of Russia today very eloquently. He says that the situation and the outlook for Russia is grim, therefore the Europeans should step...

Russia

Russia has an estimated population of 142 Million in mid-2013, with a slightly negative growth rate. It is geographically the largest country in the world, with 1.8 times the size of the US. This means that it is very sparsely populated, with vast, open, and empty landscapes. Of these 142 Million Russians, 73.8% live in urban centers, and the largest city by far is Moscow, with 10.5 Million people, followed by Saint Petersburg, with 4.5 Million inhabitants. The total median age is only 38.8 years, and the life expectancy at birth differs widely between men and women: Men reach an...