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Russian population getting older
Lawmakers held a meeting on demographics Dec. 21. Russia's President Vladimir Putin called a rapid trend of getting older by Russian people an alarming demographic factor.
According to the statistics, the national population is reducing by 900 thousand people every year. The percentage of people over 65 nears 13.7%, which is twice more than according to the world standard, when a nation is recognized as old. As a result, there are 276 children and 323 retired people per one thousand able-bodied citizens.
The main reason of demographics crisis is abusing alcohol, which is often of poor quality and industrial traumatism.