Demographic crisis in Russia and its role in Ukrainian geopolitical conflict

Threats of depopulation and tremendous immigration to the country create unique geopolitical challenge to Russia and its government.  To the East it borders with China, the world most populous country and steadily growing second largest economy in the world.  To the West, expansion of European Union and NATO encroaching to the very Russian borders considered a direct threat to the country economic and national security.  First in Georgia in 2008, later in Ukraine in 2014 Russia feels threatened by what it sees as Western expansion to its sphere of direct interests. Crimea succession from Ukraine to Russia in March 2014 was a first most noticeable step in Russian resistance to this threat.

This reserach analyzes current demographic crisis in Russia and the role ethnic Russians living in neighboring former Soviet Union countries could play in its reverse.

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