RUSSIA - Largest Population Decline Ever Recorded

Arno Froese

In the past year, Russia had its most significant peacetime population decline of all time. 

“[The] overwhelming share of this decline is associated with an increase in mortality, which is also reflected in the dramatic drop in life expectancy that fell by about 4 years,” Alexey Raksha wrote in a Facebook post about the change, per the Post. “In turn, an overwhelming share of this increase in mortality is due to Covid-19.”

Despite a rising death toll and reports that 11 percent of the country’s COVID-19 patients were in serious condition, the country has refused to lock down. 

Some Russian regions, however, have imposed vaccine mandates for people in certain industries like health care, education, retail and government. 

“Any measure that can encourage more people to get vaccinated is good because only vaccination saves from death.”

-thehill.com, 13 October 2021

Arno's Commentary

Russia’s death per 100,000 population stands at 1,568 annually, compared with 2,230 for the US. The failure to implement strict rules, as urged by the World Health Organization, is the reason for the high death toll, which is expected to rise.

However, the population decline is not only due to Covid-19. Russia also registered a lower annual birth rate, at 9.7 births per 1,000 population, compared with the USA at 12.3. 

Although somewhat belated, Russia now acknowledges the threat of Covid-19, but faces extreme difficulty because it is the largest country in the world, with a population density of only 9 people per square kilometer (USA, 35 per sq. km; Israel, 380).

We are reminded of Proverbs 14:12: “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.”

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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