April 1, 1987 |
The population of the Soviet Union grew by 1% in 1986 and totaled 281.7 million by Jan. 1 this year, the official Tass news agency said Tuesday. Tass, quoting the government's Central Statistical Agency, said that 186 million people were recorded as urban dwellers and that 95.7 million live in rural areas.
August 29, 1991
Soviet Union's 287 million people consist of more than 100 officially recognized ethnic or national groups living in 15 union republics, 20 autonomous republics, eight autonomous regions and 10 autonomous areas. The Russian Federation, with about 148 million people and 76% of the land, is largest. About 60 million Soviets live outside their "home" republics, including 25 million Russians, partly because of policies to "Russify" parts of the Baltics, Ukraine and Kazakhstan.
January 24, 1988 |
The population of the Soviet Union rose to 284.5 million at the start of 1988, an increase of 4.8 million over 1978, and the average Soviet citizen can now expect to live 69.6 years, Tass said Saturday. The official Soviet news agency, quoting data from the State committee for Statistics, said the average life expectancy had risen by almost two years but did not say over what time period. Average life expectancy for Americans is more than 71 years.
August 26, 1988 |
The Soviet Union, in the first official disclosure of data on illegitimate births, has reported that more than 500,000 children are born to single mothers each year in the country despite high abortion rates. "It's a huge social problem," said the weekly Semya (Family), which published the data, released by the State Statistics Committee, as part of an increasingly open attitude to adverse official statistics, many of them long suppressed. Semya said 9.
February 25, 1989 |
The Soviet Union announced its intention Friday to review the cases of dissidents, among them some of the country's greatest living writers, artists and musicians, who were stripped of their Soviet citizenship for their criticism of the regime.
December 24, 1990 |
Baba Sasha has lived most of her 82 years in a hilly lakeside village that never got big enough to merit a dot on the map. Now it never will. The last neighbor left 10 years ago, leaving Baba Sasha and her invalid son, Tolya, alone in their rickety wooden house. The rutted roads, lined with birch and yellowing winter weeds, are emptier than ever.