Dating practices in russia
The current figure includes several million immigrants and refugees from newly independent former Soviet republics.
Since 1991, a stark drop in the birthrate has combined with a dramatic rise in the mortality rate.
Average life expectancy for both men and women has declined since the 1980s.
Malnutrition, disease, industrial pollution, poor health care, and reliance on abortion for birth control have reduced fertility rates and increased maternal and infant mortality.
Limited access to year-round seaports has always been a military and commercial problem.
A lack of natural borders has meant vulnerability to invasion, a danger offset by the size of the country and its harsh, long winters.
There is a broad cultural continuity throughout the federation and among the millions of Russians in the newly independent republics of Central Asia, the Baltic region, and the Caucasus. In addition to being the largest, the Russian Federation is one of the world's northernmost countries.
It encompasses 6,592,658 square miles (17,075,000 square kilometers), from its borders with Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Belarus, and Ukraine on the west to the Bering Strait in the far northeast and from its borders with Georgia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, and China in the south to the Arctic Ocean in the north.
"Rus" may derive from the name of a tribe that gained political ascendancy in Kiev and other Slavic towns and lent its name to the language, culture, and state.