Russia says population drops again in 2010

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Russia's population fell by 241,400 people last year, continuing a steady decline that began two decades ago with the collapse of the Soviet Union, official figures showed Wednesday.

The Federal Service of State Statistics also reported a slight rise in life expectancy rates, with the figure growing to 68.98 years from 68.67 years in 2009.

Preliminary figures from Russia's 2010 census showed that the country had 141.18 million people, down from 145.17 million people in 2002 and 148.3 million counted when the Soviet Union fell in 1991.

Russian leaders have called the steady population decline a matter of national security, with President Dmitry Medvedev using a state of the nation address in November to offer special tax allowances to large families.

© 2011 AFP

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