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Author: As much as 2 percent of Russia’s potential population aborted every year
dailycaller.com ^ | September 12, 2013 | Jamie Weinstein

Posted on 09/19/2013 2:18:22 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe

Foreign policy expert Ilan Berman says Russia is falling apart — and that could bode ill for the United States.

“The scale of social and cultural rot in contemporary Russian society is truly staggering,” Berman, vice president of the American Foreign Policy Council and editor of the Journal of International Security Affairs, told The Daily Caller in an email interview about his new book, “Implosion: The End of Russia and What it Means for America,” to be released Monday.

“Take abortion, for instance. According to official estimates, almost 1.2 million abortions are performed in Russia every year. That equals out to 300 babies every hour. According to unofficial projections, however, the true abortion rate could be as much as double that figure — which means that close to 2 percent of Russia’s potential population is being terminated every year!”

“Equally grim statistics can be found in the state of national health, in its alcoholism and drug addiction rates, and in its failing struggle to contain HIV/AIDS,” he continued. “It’s no wonder that one in five Russians now wants to live abroad — and almost half of Russians between the ages of 18 and 35 are actively considering doing so. Russia, simply put, is a dying project — and the Russians themselves know it.”

But the cultural rot is only part of Russia’s problem, Berman says. He says the country is imploding because its “population is constricting by close to half-a-million people every year as a result of both death and emigration;” because its population is “transforming” in that its “radicalizing” Muslim minority “isn’t facing the same demographic stressors as its Slavic majority is;” and because of the ”challenge from China.”

“By themselves, each of these trends would be deeply concerning,” Berman said. “Taken together, they have the power to spell the end of the Russian state as we know it.”

According to Berman, Russia’s collapse threatens the “U.S. on a number of fronts.”

“The ascendance of radical Islam among Russia’s growing Muslim minority is especially troubling, because it has the potential to spill over to threaten the West,” he said. “As important is the re-emergence of a ‘neo-imperial’ impulse in Moscow driven by both ideology and demographics, because it suggests that Russia will act more and more aggressively toward its neighbors, raising the specter of war and authoritarianism throughout Eurasia in the process.”

Asked about the recent Russian proposal to help secure Syria’s stockpiles of chemical weapons in order to reduce tensions between the U.S. and the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad, Berman said, “Russia’s proposal is certainly opportunely timed, and allows the Obama administration to save political face while walking back from a military option that’s deeply unpopular at home.”

“But it isn’t the product of U.S. military threats,” he continued. “Rather, it’s the result of Russia’s own strategic interests. Russia has worked diligently to keep the regime of Bashar al-Assad in power, both because it is a major client and because Syria houses Russia’s Mediterranean flotilla. If it is adopted, the proposal put forward by Russian President Vladimir Putin accomplishes those goals – and simultaneously allows the Kremlin to outmaneuver the White House on the world stage.”

See below TheDC’s full interview with Berman on his book, Vladimir Putin and much more:

Before we talk about the book, what do you make of the deal currently floated by Vladimir Putin to solve the U.S.-Syrian impasse? The White House and its allies are suggesting the potential deal is the result of the president’s “credible” threat to strike the country? What do you think and what are your impressions of Putin’s strategic thinking in Syria?

Russia’s proposal is certainly opportunely timed, and allows the Obama administration to save political face while walking back from a military option that’s deeply unpopular at home. But it isn’t the product of U.S. military threats. Rather, it’s the result of Russia’s own strategic interests. Russia has worked diligently to keep the regime of Bashar al-Assad in power, both because it is a major client and because Syria houses Russia’s Mediterranean flotilla. If it is adopted, the proposal put forward by Russian president Vladimir Putin accomplishes those goals – and simultaneously allows the Kremlin to outmaneuver the White House on the world stage.

So why did you decide to write the book?

Having studied Russian politics all my life, and done so professionally for more than a decade, I’ve come away convinced that we Americans tend not to see Russia straight. This is certainly understandable. Under the leadership of Vladimir Putin, Moscow has come roaring back onto the international scene in recent years. Our view of Russia, in turn, has been shaped by the perception that it is once again on the march. But dig a bit deeper, and you’ll find that for all of its current troublemaking, the long-term strategic threat from Russia stems not from its strength but from its growing weakness.

Why do you believe Russia is collapsing?

Russia is collapsing because it now finds itself at the intersection of three profound changes. First, Russia is dying. Its population is constricting by close to half-a-million people every year as a result of both death and emigration. Second, Russia is transforming. The country’s Muslim minority isn’t facing the same demographic stressors as its Slavic majority is, and as a result is growing in proportion. It is also radicalizing, because widespread xenophobia and discriminatory policies on the part of the Kremlin have made Russia’s Muslims second-class citizens — and increased the appeal of extremist Islam throughout the country. Finally, there is the challenge from China. Russia’s Far East, which serves as the repository of the country’s prodigious energy wealth, is increasingly being coveted by a resource-hungry China. The result is growing strategic competition between Moscow and Beijing over the economic and political future of the Far East — a contest that, slowly but surely, China is winning.

By themselves, each of these trends would be deeply concerning. Taken together, they have the power to spell the end of the Russian state as we know it.

What are the causes of Russia’s demographic decline — and what will the consequences be?

The causes of Russia’s demographic decline are manifold. They include rampant alcoholism and drug abuse, a corrosive culture of abortion, an AIDS epidemic of frightening proportions, and massive out-migration by those with the means and initiative to do so. The results are nothing short of catastrophic. According to the Kremlin’s own projections, if current trendlines hold, Russia’s current population of 142.9 million could constrict by as much as a quarter by 2050. This phenomenon, which demographers have taken to calling “the emptying of Russia,” raises real questions about the country’s long-term viability as a nation-state.

Explain how China will play into Russia’s collapse.

The demographic trends playing out in Russia as a whole are also visible in the country’s energy-rich Far East, where the indigenous population (and its workforce) is dwindling and being replaced by both Chinese migrants and Chinese money. This is a real strategic challenge for Russia because Moscow, like Washington, has made a “pivot” to Asia a key economic and political priority. Unlike the U.S., though, Russia’s turn to the East is being stunted by the fact that it is actually in retreat in Asia — while China is on the rise there.

What about Russia’s Muslim population? How do they play into this?

Russia’s Muslims are a key component of the country’s looming transformation. Currently, Muslims make up some 16 percent of the total Russian population. But they are reproducing, while Russia’s Slavs are not. By the end of this decade, estimates indicate that Muslims will make up a fifth of the overall Russian population — and by the middle of the century might reach parity with their Slavic counterparts. This demographic change is bound to fundamentally alter Russia’s character.

What does collapse actually mean? In your subtitle, you refer to the “End of Russia.” Do you mean that Russia is becoming much weaker or that the nation-state we call Russia will no longer exist?

By “the end of Russia,” I mean that the trends highlighted in the book have the power to transform the very nature of the Russian state. This does not mean that Russia will cease to exist, of course. But it is liable to look very different than it does today. In other words, it may not be clear where Russia will end up, but it’s already clear that the Russia we know today is rapidly going out of business.

How does Russia’s collapse threaten the U.S.?

Russia’s weakness represents a challenge for the U.S. on a number of fronts. The ascendance of radical Islam among Russia’s growing Muslim minority is especially troubling, because it has the potential to spill over to threaten the West. The tragic April 2013 bombing of the Boston Marathon was an early indicator that this phenomenon has global ramifications. As important is the re-emergence of a “neo-imperial” impulse in Moscow driven by both ideology and demographics, because it suggests that Russia will act more and more aggressively toward its neighbors, raising the specter of war and authoritarianism throughout Eurasia in the process.

What should America do to protect itself from Russia’s collapse?

By now, it is abundantly clear that the “reset” of relations with Russia, which dominated the Obama administration’s foreign policy during its first term, has been a spectacular failure. What isn’t so obvious is what comes next in U.S.-Russia ties. Is it a strategic “pause,” a redoubled effort to engage the Kremlin, or something else altogether? A rethink is clearly in order. Part of that reconception needs to be the fact that Russia’s internal weaknesses represent a real, long-term threat — one that needs to be understood, and guarded against.

What are some of the most startling facts you discovered researching the book?

The scale of social and cultural rot in contemporary Russian society is truly staggering. Take abortion, for instance. According to official estimates, almost 1.2 million abortions are performed in Russia every year. That equals out to 300 babies every hour. According to unofficial projections, however, the true abortion rate could be as much as double that figure — which means that close to 2 percent of Russia’s potential population is being terminated every year!

Equally grim statistics can be found in the state of national health, in its alcoholism and drug addiction rates, and in its failing struggle to contain HIV/AIDS. It’s no wonder that one in five Russians now wants to live abroad — and almost half of Russians between the ages of 18 and 35 are actively considering doing so. Russia, simply put, is a dying project — and the Russians themselves know it.

How long will this collapse take? Is Putin accelerating the collapse or working to delay it?

It’s hard to estimate exactly how long of a process Russia’s unraveling will be. The strategic trends I outline in the book are long-term phenomena, and might take decades to fully manifest. But their influence is already being felt within Russia itself, and in how Russia’s government interacts with countries in the Muslim world and in its own “near abroad” of Central Asia and the Caucasus.

Putin may not be accelerating this decline, but he’s certainly perpetuating it. That’s because, for all their talk of national greatness, he and his followers are not interested in making real investments in things like health and education, which are crucial to the long-term prosperity of the country. Instead, they have fostered a culture of corruption and unaccountability that is holding Russia hostage.


TOPICS: Russia
KEYWORDS: abortion; russia

1 posted on 09/19/2013 2:18:22 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
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To: Tailgunner Joe

This may sound Sci-fi but many cultures may have to resort to forced cloning and mind transfer tech to maintain themselves...


2 posted on 09/19/2013 2:24:44 PM PDT by GraceG
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To: Tailgunner Joe
Despite a significant reduction in the abortion to birth ratio since the mid-1990s, the countries of the former Soviet Union maintain the highest rate of abortions in the world. In 2001, 1.31 million children were born in Russia, while 2.11 million abortions were performed.[22] In 2005, 1.6 million abortions were registered in Russia;[4] 20% of these involved girls under the age of 18.[23] Official statistics put the number at 989,000 in 2011,[4] though Russian pro-life activists say that number is much higher.[21]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abortion_in_Russia

3 posted on 09/19/2013 2:24:59 PM PDT by Uncle Miltie (Why haven't we heard from the 30 Benghazi survivors?)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

The scale of social and cultural rot in contemporary American society is truly staggering.


4 posted on 09/19/2013 2:25:32 PM PDT by LowTaxesEqualsProsperity
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To: Uncle Miltie

It seems Russian women abort more often than they give birth.

Think about that one for a minute.


5 posted on 09/19/2013 2:26:04 PM PDT by Uncle Miltie (Why haven't we heard from the 30 Benghazi survivors?)
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Years and years ago, I was told that the average Russian woman has 7 abortions.


6 posted on 09/19/2013 2:28:39 PM PDT by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto!)
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To: Tailgunner Joe
. . . a corrosive culture of abortion . . .

Obviously, the writer needs some lessons in PC-think from Sandra Fluke.

7 posted on 09/19/2013 2:29:29 PM PDT by madprof98
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To: Uncle Miltie

Russia has a higher birth rate than the U.S.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/markadomanis/2013/07/25/dying-russias-birth-rate-is-now-higher-than-the-united-states/

But also a higher death rate.

The U.S. is growing only because of legal immigration and the illegal invaders.


8 posted on 09/19/2013 2:29:33 PM PDT by LowTaxesEqualsProsperity
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To: Uncle Miltie

http://www.forbes.com/sites/markadomanis/2013/02/09/are-there-really-13-abortions-for-every-10-live-births-in-russia/

“So, in 2012 there were about 42 abortions per 100 live births, not 130. The last time the number of abortions exceeded the number of births by 30% or more was in 2002. Additionally, rather than representing “the most grisly statistic the world has ever seen,” an abortion rate 30% larger than the birth rate was actually a huge improvement from rates that prevailed in the early 1990s”

According to this, there was a peak of something like 280 abortions per 100 live births in the early 90’s.

I tried to find out many abortions per 100 live births occur in the US and western Europe for comparison, but I kept seeing wildly different numbers. Anyone know?

Freegards


9 posted on 09/19/2013 2:37:05 PM PDT by Ransomed
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To: LowTaxesEqualsProsperity

Who cares about America? Now get with the program and hate Russia. LOL


10 posted on 09/19/2013 2:41:59 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

I would not be surprised to see Russia outlaw abortion. They are very cognizant of population delcine and even have a national holiday for the purpose of procreation. That and the fact that the powers that be in Russia seem to have no inclination towards the PC suicide pact the west has embraced lead me to think it possible.


11 posted on 09/19/2013 2:56:20 PM PDT by RightOnTheBorder
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To: Tailgunner Joe

We here in Obamaland are far superior.

We only abort 1/3 of 1% every year.


12 posted on 09/19/2013 2:57:55 PM PDT by Iron Munro (When a killer screams 'Allahu Akbar' you donÂ’t need to be mystified about a motive.)
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To: Ransomed

3,958,000 live births in US in 2012. Couldn’t find exact number, but about 1.2M abortions. Or about 30 abortions per hundred live births.


13 posted on 09/19/2013 3:08:55 PM PDT by Sherman Logan (Mark Steyn: "In the Middle East, the enemy of our enemy is also our enemy.")
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To: Sherman Logan

Thanks, that’s comparable to what some places were saying, a few places had 30-40 abortions per 1000 births for US/Eurozones. I tried finding out a few weeks ago, maybe it was just me looking at it wrong or being befuddled.

Freegards


14 posted on 09/19/2013 3:20:39 PM PDT by Ransomed
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To: Ransomed

I think that’s per 100 live births, not per 1000.

Unfortunately.


15 posted on 09/19/2013 3:22:16 PM PDT by Sherman Logan (Mark Steyn: "In the Middle East, the enemy of our enemy is also our enemy.")
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To: Sherman Logan

I think you are right it is 30 or so per 100 births, but some places were saying 30 per 1000 births.

I actually found that forbes article a while ago, and I thought 42 per 100 in 2012 Russia was really super high (not compared to previous decades in Russia of course). When some places were saying 30 per 100 in the US I was really horrified, I thought it was more like 30 per 1000 or something.

Freegards


16 posted on 09/19/2013 3:31:34 PM PDT by Ransomed
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To: RightOnTheBorder
I would not be surprised to see Russia outlaw abortion. They are very cognizant of population delcine and even have a national holiday for the purpose of procreation. That and the fact that the powers that be in Russia seem to have no inclination towards the PC suicide pact the west has embraced lead me to think it possible.

At least the Russian government understands the demographic problem.

The US actually has a lower birthrate than Russia, and is below replacement levels. We can disguise this with immigration, but we are allowing so much immigration that immmigrants are not adopting our culture, so the effect is actually colonization. This is what our ruling class will not admit.

17 posted on 09/19/2013 3:35:20 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: Vince Ferrer

‘“radicalizing” Muslim minority “isn’t facing the same demographic stressors as its Slavic majority is;”’


Freely translated: If Russia’s birthrate is rebounding, it’s because Muslim ethnic minorities are the ones popping out the babies. And Stalin tried outlawing abortion in the 1930s. Even the USSR’s vaunted security apparatus couldn’t get the resulting glut of illegal abortions under control, so he gave up.


18 posted on 09/19/2013 3:46:17 PM PDT by steelhead_trout (MYOB)
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To: steelhead_trout

A little ice age won’t help either.


19 posted on 09/19/2013 3:50:31 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: Tailgunner Joe
U.S. Abortion Statistics

A few years old, but still a great reference on abortions in the USA.

Here are a few interesting stats:

The abortion rate of non-metropolitan women is about half that of women who live in metropolitan counties

Black women are more than 4.8 times more likely than non-Hispanic white women to have an abortion, and Hispanic women are 2.7 times as likely

In 1998, the last year for which estimates were made, more than 23% of legal induced abortions were performed in California


20 posted on 09/19/2013 3:51:12 PM PDT by Iron Munro (When a killer screams 'Allahu Akbar' you donÂ’t need to be mystified about a motive.)
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To: Iron Munro

I can’t understand how Russia is capable of so many abortions. I thought that half the population is gay.


21 posted on 09/19/2013 4:05:22 PM PDT by heye2monn
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To: Uncle Miltie

Make it illegal. Russia was one of the first countries to legalize abortion early in it’s Communist history, that has to be turned around. Communist Russia has always had a high rate of abortions for more than eighty years, so the state has definately put it into people’s heads that abortion is no big thing. The state has to put morality back into the law and it will start turning things around. Legalizing abortion is like pulling the yarn on a sweater. You pull the yarn and the sweater starts to unravel and soon you will end up with no sweater at all. Abortion has the toxic effect of encouraging immorality, bad relations, children growing up in broken homes and then more alcholism, immorality, drug use etc. etc. It all begins with the relationship between a man and a woman. When you legalize abortion it sets up a bad relationship between the sexes and that creates familial and social dysfunction.


22 posted on 09/19/2013 4:36:51 PM PDT by cradle of freedom (Long live the Republic !)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

pure BS all AROUND. Takes me a minute but when I see..

“because widespread xenophobia and discriminatory policies on the part of the Kremlin have made Russia’s Muslims second-class citizens”

the rest of the article means nothing. Oh poor Muslims in Russia!


23 posted on 09/20/2013 12:49:16 PM PDT by roofgoat
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