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Differential Demographics: Russia's Muslim and Slavic Populations

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It is conventional wisdom that Russia’s Muslim population is increasing dramatically relative to Russia’s Slavic population, and that along a variety of demographic indicators its Muslim national groups are thriving in comparison to the demographic crisis being experienced by their Slavic compatriots. Reported ethnicity data from the 2002 Russian census, released in early 2005, permit a more rigorous test of this conventional wisdom than has previously been possible, along with an analysis of its implications for Russian stability and security. [...]

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Professor, Department of Political Science
Virginia Commonwealth University