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Russia’s Miserable Century: 85 Million “Gone Missing”

What was the human cost of Russia’s 20th century trials and tribulations?

Early 20th century Russian peasants. Captured by Sergey Prokudin-Gorsky.


  • Russia's population of 143.6 million is well below projections (expected from natural growth) of 200 million.
  • An estimated 85 million people were never born in 20th century Russia due to war, famine, purges & unrest.
  • Russia's current population is 30% less now than it should be had it followed natural growth trends.

1. The Russian population is currently around 143.6 million — putting in in the top ten globally.

2. Some demographers believe that natural growth since 1913 should have put Russia’s population to almost 200 million (or even 225 million).

3. Two World Wars, fought by Russian commanders without regard for losses, two famines in the early 1920s and 1930s, purges and social ills brought about by communist mismanagement, including alcoholism, have left their mark on the size of Russia’s population.

4. This resulted in as many as 85 million Russians “going missing” – not being born at all.

5. This represents a reduction of Russia’s population from its natural growth of about 30%.

From How Russia Botched an Entire Century by Alexei Bayer (The Globalist)



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Responses to “Russia’s Miserable Century: 85 Million “Gone Missing””

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  1. On April 11, 2014 at 9:35 am Agnostic responded with... #

    Well, Hitler may be granted a cameo role in the debacle, should he not?

    After all, WWII was his doing (with a little help maybe by Father Stalin)

  2. On April 11, 2014 at 8:22 pm t10010s responded with... #

    This is borderline racism! Why do you hate Russians so much?

  3. On April 14, 2014 at 10:01 am MATXINTUL responded with... #

    Same calculation could be done referred to any other country…. result shall be similar or even worse. Has no sense

  4. On April 14, 2014 at 11:07 pm anatol responded with... #

    Just during the 20-th century Russia experienced massive Jewish pogroms, 4 revolutions (1905, two in 1917 and one – in 1991), 5 wars (Russo-Japanese war of 1905, the civil war of 1918-1920, the Word War II of 1941-1945 and the continuous war with Chechnia), the Stalin’s massive “purges” and the destruction of the Soviet Union. The latter still affects the natural population growth and well-being of the nation. The purges account for about 20 million deaths and all of the above resulted in alcoholism, despondency, hatred and paranoia. At the same time Russia produced the first socialist state in the world and saved the world from the Nazi nightmare. Russia is a tragic hero.