In the first five months of 2017 in Russia, the natural decrease of population increased by almost three times compared to the same period last year.
According to Rosstat, as of 1 June, the population of Russia amounted to 146,8 million people, which is 0.02% lower than at the beginning of the year, reports RIA Novosti.
In January-may, the natural population decline made up 111,8 thousand people, whereas a year earlier this figure was 41.6 per thousand, however, the loss in numbers by 72.2% was offset by a growth in migration, says Rosstat.
In the period from January to may this year, died 791 thousand citizens of Russia, 679,2 thousand children were born. Thus, the number of deaths of Russians exceeded the number of births by 1.2 times.
Migration gain for the period amounted to 80.7 thousand people.