The Human Truth Foundation

Russia (Russian Federation)

https://www.humantruth.info/russia.html

By Vexen Crabtree 2013

#russia #syria

Russia
Russian Federation
StatusIndependent State
Social and Moral Index95th best
CapitalMoscow
Land Area16 376 870km21
LocationAsia
Population145.7m2
Life Expectancy69.42yrs (2017)3
GNI$27 166 (2017)4
ISO3166-1 CodesRU, RUS, 6435
Internet Domain.ru, .su6
CurrencyRuble (RUB)7
Telephone+78

1. Overview

Founded in the 12th century, the Principality of Muscovy, was able to emerge from over 200 years of Mongol domination (13th-15th centuries) and to gradually conquer and absorb surrounding principalities. In the early 17th century, a new Romanov Dynasty continued this policy of expansion across Siberia to the Pacific. Under PETER I (ruled 1682-1725), hegemony was extended to the Baltic Sea and the country was renamed the Russian Empire. During the 19th century, more territorial acquisitions were made in Europe and Asia. Defeat in the Russo-Japanese War of 1904-05 contributed to the Revolution of 1905, which resulted in the formation of a parliament and other reforms. Repeated devastating defeats of the Russian army in World War I led to widespread rioting in the major cities of the Russian Empire and to the overthrow in 1917 of the imperial household. The Communists under Vladimir LENIN seized power soon after and formed the USSR. The brutal rule of Iosif STALIN (1928-53) strengthened Communist rule and Russian dominance of the Soviet Union at a cost of tens of millions of lives. The Soviet economy and society stagnated in the following decades until General Secretary Mikhail GORBACHEV (1985-91) introduced glasnost (openness) and perestroika (restructuring) in an attempt to modernize Communism, but his initiatives inadvertently released forces that by December 1991 splintered the USSR into Russia and 14 other independent republics. Since then, Russia has shifted its post-Soviet democratic ambitions in favor of a centralized semi-authoritarian state in which the leadership seeks to legitimize its rule through managed national elections, populist appeals by President PUTIN, and continued economic growth. Russia has severely disabled a Chechen rebel movement, although violence still occurs throughout the North Caucasus.

CIA's The World Factbook (2013)9

Book CoverFrom beautiful Lake Baikal to St Petersburg´s gilded palaces, Russia is so blessed with cultural and natural treasures that it would take a lifetime to experience them all. For centuries the world has wondered about Russia. The country has been reported as a land of unbelievable riches and indescribable poverty, cruel tyrants and great minds, generous hospitality and meddlesome bureaucracy, beautiful ballets and industrial monstrosities, pious faith and unbridled hedonism.

These eternal Russian truths coexist in equally diverse landscapes of icy tundra and sunkissed beaches, dense silver-birch forests, deep, mysterious lakes, snowcapped mountains and swaying grassland steppes. Factor in ancient fortresses, luxurious palaces, swirly-spired churches and lost-in-time wooden villages and you´ll begin to see why Russia is simply amazing.

Two decades on from the demise of the Soviet Union, an economically and politically resurgent Russia is a brash, exciting and fascinating place to visit.

"The World" by Lonely Planet (2014)10

2. Russia National and Social Development

#economics #human_development #wealth

UN HDI (2021)11
Pos.Higher is better
Value11
1Switzerland0.962
2Norway0.961
3Iceland0.959
...
49Montenegro0.832
50Kuwait0.831
51Brunei0.829
52Russia0.822
53Romania0.821
54Oman0.816
55Bahamas0.812
56Kazakhstan0.811
Asia Avg0.75
World Avg0.72
q=191.
Gross National Income Per-Capita (2021)11
Pos.Higher is better
PPP $11
1Liechtenstein$146 830
2Singapore$90 919
3Qatar$87 134
...
48Croatia$30 132
49Romania$30 027
50Greece$29 002
51Russia$27 166
52Oman$27 054
53Panama$26 957
54Malaysia$26 658
55Seychelles$25 831
Asia Avg$22 215
World Avg$20 136
q=193.
Social & Moral
Development Index
12
Pos.Lower is better
Avg Rank12
1Norway28.6
2Denmark30.0
3Sweden30.7
...
92Fiji86.5
93Oman86.6
94Dominican Rep.87.0
95Russia87.0
96Kyrgyzstan87.6
97Kazakhstan87.6
98Antigua & Barbuda88.0
99El Salvador88.0
Asia Avg87.7
World Avg86.8
q=195.

The United Nations produces an annual Human Development Report which includes the Human Development Index. The factors taken into account include life expectancy, education and schooling and Gross National Income (GNI) amongst many others..

The Social and Moral Development Index concentrates on moral issues and human rights, violence, public health, equality, tolerance, freedom and effectiveness in climate change mitigation and environmentalism, and on some technological issues. A country scores higher for achieving well in those areas, and for sustaining that achievement in the long term. Those countries towards the top of this index can truly said to be setting good examples and leading humankind onwards into a bright, humane, and free future. See: Which are the Best Countries in the World? The Social and Moral Development Index.

3. Russia's Demographics and Migration

#birth_control #demographics #health #immigration #life_expectancy #longevity #migration #overpopulation #population

Population:

Russia's population is predicted to fall to 136 429 000 by 2030. Developed countries with falling populations face a pension's crises, whereby an increasingly ageing population must be cared for by fewer and fewer workers. Economic stability can be maintained by increasing foreign workers from younger countries. This country has a fertility rate of 1.52. The fertility rate is, in simple terms, the average amount of children that each woman has. The higher the figure, the quicker the population is growing, although, to calculate the rate you also need to take into account morbidity, i.e., the rate at which people die. If people live healthy and long lives and morbidity is low, then, 2.0 approximates to the replacement rate, which would keep the population stable. If all countries had such a fertility rate, population growth would end. The actual replacement rate in most developed countries is around 2.1.

Population2
Pos.2018
Population2
1China1.4b
2India1.4b
3USA327.1m
4Indonesia267.7m
5Pakistan212.2m
6Brazil209.5m
7Nigeria195.9m
8Bangladesh161.4m
9Russia145.7m
10Japan127.2m
11Mexico126.2m
12Ethiopia109.2m
World Avg39.0m
q=195.
Life Expectancy
Higher is better
11
Pos.2021
Years11
1Monaco85.9
2Hong Kong85.5
3Japan84.8
...
121Kyrgyzstan70.0
122St Vincent & Grenadines69.6
123Cambodia69.6
124Russia69.4
125Azerbaijan69.4
126Kazakhstan69.4
127Philippines69.3
128Turkmenistan69.3
World Avg71.28
q=195.
Fertility Rate
2.0 is best
13
Pos.201313
1N. Korea2.00
2Brunei1.99
3St Vincent & Grenadines2.01
...
73Georgia1.53
74Switzerland1.53
75Mongolia2.48
76Russia1.52
77Albania1.51
78Latvia1.50
79Czechia1.50
80Spain1.50
World Avg2.81
q=180.
Old-Age Dependency Ratio
Lower is better
14
Pos.2016
Per 10014
1Uganda04.3
2Mali04.5
3=Chad04.7
...
137Armenia28.7
138=Thailand29.2
138=Ireland29.2
140Russia29.5
141Georgia29.7
142Montenegro30.0
143Belarus30.3
144Ukraine30.8
World Avg18.3
q=185.

Migration:

Immigrants15
Pos.2017
%15
1UAE88.4%
2Kuwait75.5%
3Qatar65.2%
...
65Portugal8.5%
66Suriname8.5%
67Costa Rica8.4%
68Russia8.1%
69Congo, (Brazzaville)7.6%
70Botswana7.3%
71St Lucia7.2%
72S. Africa7.1%
World Avg9.4%
q=195.
Emigrants16
Pos.2010
%16
1Dominica104.8%
2Palestine68.4%
3Samoa67.3%
...
79Poland8.3%
80Afghanistan8.1%
81Paraguay7.9%
82Russia7.9%
83Mali7.6%
84UK7.5%
85Honduras7.5%
86Austria7.1%
World Avg11.5%
q=192.

4. Human Rights, Equality & Tolerance

#equality #gender_equality #human_rights #international_law #morals #politics #prejudice #russia #tolerance

Human Rights, Equality & Tolerance (2020)17
Pos.Lower is better
Avg Rank17
1Sweden9.0
2Norway14.5
3Denmark14.5
...
80Macedonia82.0
81Mali82.2
82Turkey82.4
83Russia83.0
84Dominican Rep.83.1
85Israel83.3
Asia Avg99.9
World Avg87.9
q=199.
Russia is generally poor at ensuring human rights and freedom compared to the rest of the world. Russia does better than average when it comes to speed of uptake of HR treaties18, the rate of gender bias (from 7 indicators)19, its success in fighting anti-semitic prejudice20, opposing gender inequality21 and in its nominal commitment to Human Rights22. But, things could still be better. Russia does worse than average for supporting personal, civil & economic freedoms23, LGBT equality24, supporting press freedom25 and in freethought26. And finally, it sits amongst the bottom 20 in terms of commentary in Human Rights Watch reports27. Russia was one of the 10 countries that did not sign the UN's Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 194828. It actively abuses international law to cover for its own human rights abuses and for those of its allies. By late 2017, it had cast 11 vetoes to block the UN Security Council from addressing Syrian government war crimes. In 2017, the rate of punishments for (supposedly) violating laws on public gatherings was five times greater than the year before - as protests against corruption and other issues continued, "officials harassed and intimidated protesters" including beating them29. New laws on "foreign funding" have meant that several human rights and environmental groups have had to close from 201229. In recent years, Russia has become the most repressive it has been since the breakup of the Soviet Union30. Socially, the country suffers from great inequality between the powerful and all others: the richest 1% draw 20% of the country's entire income31.

For tables, charts and commentary, see:

5. Russia's Health

#alcohol #birth_control #demographics #health #life_expectancy #longevity #mental_health #obesity #overpopulation #parenting #population #smoking #suicide #vaccines

Compared to Asia (2020)32
Pos.Lower is better
Avg Rank32
1Hong Kong18.3
2Maldives41.0
3Singapore42.6
...
35Kyrgyzstan91.0
36Cambodia93.3
37Lebanon95.4
38Russia95.5
39Georgia95.6
40Indonesia95.8
41=Kazakhstan98.1
42Azerbaijan100.0
43Syria101.3
Asia Avg80.1
q=50.
Health (2020)32
Pos.Lower is better
Avg Rank32
1Monaco13.0
2Hong Kong18.3
3Maldives41.0
...
100Costa Rica93.8
101San Marino94.5
102Lebanon95.4
103Russia95.5
104Georgia95.6
105Djibouti95.7
106Indonesia95.8
107Peru96.5
World Avg93.5
q=196.

The countries with the best overall approach to public health, in terms of both public policy and individual lifestyle choices, are Monaco, Hong Kong and The Maldives33. These countries are worth emulating. And, although often through no fault of the average citizen, the worst countries are The Marshall Islands, S. Sudan and Palau33.

The data sets used to calculate points for each country are its average life expectancy, its alcohol consumption rate, its fertility rate, its smoking rate, its suicide rate, its food aid and health contributions and WHO compliance, the prevalence of overweight adults, its adolescent birth rate and its immunizations take-up. The regions with the best average results per country are Scandinavia, Asia and The Mediterranean33, whereas the worst are Micronesia, Australasia and Africa33.

For more, see:

Health:

Russia has some poor policies and cultural issues which cause some public health problems. Russia does better than average in its immunizations take-up34, its food aid and health contributions and WHO compliance35, its adolescent birth rate21 and in its fertility rate13. Russia still has work to do. Russia does worse than average in its average life expectancy11. It falls into the worst-performing 20 in terms of its alcohol consumption rate36 (the highest in Asia) and in its smoking rate37 (amongst the worst in Asia). And finally, it is the worst in its suicide rate38. The number of overweight adults has increased by 14% over the last 40 years. Life expectancy in Russian Federation improved by +5.4yrs in the 30 years from 1990, less than the global average of +7.9yrs.

Life Expectancy
Higher is better
11
Pos.2021
Years11
1Monaco85.9
2Hong Kong85.5
3Japan84.8
...
121Kyrgyzstan70.0
122St Vincent & Grenadines69.6
123Cambodia69.6
124Russia69.4
125Azerbaijan69.4
126Kazakhstan69.4
127Philippines69.3
128Turkmenistan69.3
Asia Avg73.48
World Avg71.28
q=195.
Alcohol Consumption
Lower is better
36
Pos.2016
Per Capita36
1Bangladesh0.0
2Kuwait0.0
3Libya0.0
...
171=Austria11.6
171=Estonia11.6
171=Poland11.6
174Russia11.7
175Seychelles12.0
176Belgium12.1
177Portugal12.3
178=Slovenia12.6
Asia Avg3.9
World Avg6.2
q=189.
Fertility Rate
2.0 is best
13
Pos.201313
1N. Korea2.00
2Brunei1.99
3St Vincent & Grenadines2.01
...
73Georgia1.53
74Switzerland1.53
75Mongolia2.48
76Russia1.52
77Albania1.51
78Latvia1.50
79Czechia1.50
80Spain1.50
Asia Avg2.46
World Avg2.81
q=180.
Smoking Rates
Lower is better
37
Pos.201437
1Guinea 15
2Solomon Islands 26
3Kiribati 28
...
175Luxembourg2 284
176Belgium2 353
177Slovenia2 637
178Russia2 690
179Macedonia2 732
180Lebanon3 023
181Belarus3 831
182Montenegro4 125
Asia Avg1 035
World Avg 819
q=182.
Suicide Rate38
Pos.2013
Per 100k38
1Haiti0
2Grenada0
3Egypt0.1
...
84Japan49.4
85Hungary50.6
86=Kazakhstan52.4
86=Guyana52.4
88Belarus57.5
89S. Korea62
90Russia63.4
91Lithuania71.7
Asia Avg19.50
World Avg20.93
q=91.
Food Aid, Health Contributions & WHO Compliance
Lower is better
35
Pos.2017
Rank35
1Sweden1
2Ireland2
3Denmark3
...
40Brazil40
41Iceland41
42El Salvador42
43Russia43
44Turkey44
45Mexico45
46Malaysia46
47Czechia47
Asia Avg64.4
World Avg82.0
q=163.
Overweight Adults
Lower is better39
Pos.2016
%39
1Vietnam18.3
2India19.7
3Bangladesh20.0
...
110Germany56.8
111=Vanuatu57.1
111=Serbia57.1
111=Russia57.1
114Portugal57.5
115=Peru57.5
116Albania57.7
117=Romania57.7
Asia Avg44.3
World Avg49.0
q=191.

Children's Health:

Adolescent Birth Rate
Lower is better
21
Pos.2015
Per 100021
1N. Korea0.5
2S. Korea1.6
3Switzerland2.9
...
68=USA22.6
69Armenia23.0
70Jordan23.2
71Russia23.4
72New Zealand23.6
73Ukraine24.1
74India24.5
75Samoa25.0
Asia Avg29.9
World Avg47.9
q=185.
Infant Immunizations 2011-2015
Higher is better
34
Pos.2015
Avg %34
1=Hungary99.0
1=China99.0
3Uzbekistan98.9
...
31=Kazakhstan97.1
32Albania97.1
33Andorra97.1
34Russia97.0
35Guyana97.0
36Slovakia97.0
37Kyrgyzstan96.7
38Brazil96.7
Asia Avg90.5
World Avg88.3
q=194.

6. Russia's Responsibility Towards The Environment

#biodiversity #climate_change #deforestation #energy #food #meat #over-exploitation #sustainability #the_environment #veganism #vegetarianism

Compared to Asia (2023)40
Pos.Lower is better
Avg Rank40
1Japan33.2
2Philippines45.0
3Sri Lanka49.0
...
32Myanmar (Burma)93.3
33Kazakhstan95.4
34Azerbaijan99.3
35Russia99.4
36Kyrgyzstan103.8
37Qatar104.0
38Saudi Arabia104.4
39Laos104.5
40Oman104.7
Asia Avg88.8
q=51.
Responsibility Towards The Environment (2023)40
Pos.Lower is better
Avg Rank40
1Japan33.2
2Philippines45.0
3Uruguay48.0
...
132Namibia99.0
133Azerbaijan99.3
134Guinea-Bissau99.3
135Russia99.4
136Comoros99.5
137Jamaica99.7
138Niger100.7
139Congo, DR101.8
World Avg85.7
q=188.
Russia is 135th in the world in terms of its responsibility towards the environment. This rank is calculated from 7 data sets. Russia does better than average in terms of its environmental performance41 and in its forested percent change 1990-201542. However Russia performs less well in most areas. It does worse than average in how quickly it ratified the 1993 Convention on Biological Diversity, the rate of rational beliefs on the environment in the population43 and in annual meat consumption per person44. And finally, it falls into the worst-performing 20 in terms of its score on the Green Future Index45 (one of the lowest in Asia) and in energy to GDP efficiency46 (one of the lowest in Asia).

Forest Area Change 1990-2015
Higher is better
42
Pos.2015
%42
1Iceland+205.6
2Bahrain+144.4
3Uruguay+131.3
...
74Palestine+01.0
75Tajikistan+01.0
76Slovakia+01.0
77Russia+00.8
78Sweden+00.8
79Mongolia+00.1
80Japan00.0
81=Afghanistan00.0
Asia Avg+07.0
World Avg+02.8
q=184.
Environmental Performance
Higher is better
41
Pos.201841
1Switzerland87.4
2France84.0
3Denmark81.6
...
49Singapore64.2
50Poland64.1
51Venezuela63.9
52Russia63.8
53Brunei63.6
54Morocco63.5
55Cuba63.4
56Panama62.7
Asia Avg54.5
World Avg56.4
q=180.
Energy to GDP Efficiency
Higher is better46
Pos.201446
1Hong Kong26.32
2Sri Lanka20.00
3Panama17.86
...
106Kyrgyzstan04.78
107Benin04.69
108=Bosnia & Herzegovina04.52
108=Russia04.52
110S. Africa04.48
111Bahrain04.10
112Ukraine03.28
113Togo02.88
Asia Avg09.14
World Avg09.29
q=119.
Convention on Biological Diversity
Earlier is better
Pos.0
Signed
1=China1993 Dec 29
1=Guinea1993 Dec 29
1=Cook Islands1993 Dec 29
...
115Central African Rep.1995 Jun 13
116=Mali1995 Jun 27
116=Cape Verde1995 Jun 27
118Russia1995 Jul 04
119Guatemala1995 Oct 08
120Uzbekistan1995 Oct 17
121Niger1995 Oct 23
122Honduras1995 Oct 29
Asia Avg1899 Dec 30
World Avg1899 Dec 30
q=197.
Rational Beliefs on the Environment
Higher is better43
Pos.2011
%43
1Argentina78.3%
2Greece77.6%
3Brazil77.1%
...
115Poland23.8%
116Belarus23.7%
117Afghanistan23.6%
118Russia23.5%
119Algeria23.5%
120Pakistan23.2%
121Liberia23.1%
122Netherlands23.0%
Asia Avg37.9%
World Avg39.9%
q=145.
Meat Consumption
Lower is better
44
Pos.2021
kg44
1Congo, DR03.0
2Burundi03.5
3Bangladesh04.3
...
138Germany76.6
139Greece76.8
140Serbia77.6
141Russia78.4
142Bolivia78.4
143Grenada78.6
144Ireland80.2
145Kuwait81.3
Asia Avg46.7
World Avg52.5
q=185.

In the 2010s, meat consumption per person in Russian Federation was well above the global average (of 49kgs per year), putting unnecessary strain on water supplies and the environment.44

Green Future Index
Higher is better45
Pos.2023
Score45
1Iceland6.7
2Finland6.7
3Norway6.4
...
67Pakistan3.7
68Malaysia3.7
69=Guatemala3.6
69=Russia3.6
71Paraguay3.6
72Bangladesh3.5
73Qatar3.4
74Zambia3.3
Asia Avg4.3
World Avg4.8
q=76.

7. Russia's Modernity and Learning

#education #english #intelligence #it_security #maths #modernity #politics #religion #religiosity #research #science #secularisation #technology #the_internet

Compared to Asia (2020)47
Pos.Lower is better
Avg Rank47
1Taiwan10.0
2Japan21.9
3=S. Korea24.0
4Singapore27.9
5Israel32.2
6Hong Kong32.6
7Russia40.6
8Turkey50.1
9Malaysia50.2
10Macau50.8
11Cyprus54.0
12UAE56.0
13Saudi Arabia60.4
Asia Avg79.0
q=51.
Modernity & Learning (2020)47
Pos.Lower is better
Avg Rank47
1Finland8.4
2Taiwan10.0
3Switzerland15.1
...
34Italy38.5
35Slovakia39.5
36Portugal40.1
37Russia40.6
38Greece40.9
39Argentina43.8
40Croatia44.3
41Ukraine47.1
World Avg83.2
q=205.

Modernity and Education:

In the 1990s, the expected duration of education in Russia fell by over half a year, whereas most of the rest of the world's increased. 48

Research & Development
Higher is better
Pos.2016
% RDP PPP
1S. Korea4.2949
2Israel4.1149
3Japan3.5849
...
27Portugal1.2849
28Luxembourg1.2649
29Spain1.2249
30Russia1.1949
31New Zealand1.1750
32Brazil1.1551
33Malaysia1.1351
34Turkey1.0149
Asia Avg0.75
World Avg0.84
q=126.
Secondary Education
Higher is better
52
Pos.201852
1=Luxembourg100.0%
1=Estonia100.0%
1=Austria100.0%
...
19Switzerland96.5%
20Moldova96.4%
21Germany96.3%
22Russia95.9%
23Croatia95.7%
24Azerbaijan95.6%
25USA95.6%
26Norway95.4%
Asia Avg66.0%
World Avg63.0%
q=169.
Length of Schooling
Higher is better
53
Pos.2021
Years53
1Australia21.1
2New Zealand20.3
3Greece20.0
...
41Thailand15.9
42France15.8
43Palau15.8
44Russia15.8
45Kazakhstan15.8
46UAE15.7
47Barbados15.7
48Cyprus15.6
Asia Avg13.5
World Avg13.5
q=193.
Intellectual Endeavours
Lower is better
35
Pos.2017
Rank35
1Ukraine1
2Czechia2
3Hungary3
...
50Fiji50
51Dominica51
52Malaysia52
53Russia53
54St Lucia54
55Turkey55
56Armenia56
57Guinea-Bissau57
Asia Avg97.1
World Avg82.0
q=163.
Maths, Science & Reading
Higher is better
54
Pos.2015
Score54
1Singapore1655
2Hong Kong1598
3Japan1586
...
25=France1487
25=Sweden1487
27Austria1477
28Russia1476
29Spain1475
30Czechia1472
31USA1463
32Latvia1460
Asia Avg1398
World Avg1389
q=70.
Religiosity
Lower is better
55
Pos.2018
%55
1China3
2Estonia6
3Czechia7
...
16Albania15
17=Lithuania16
17=S. Korea16
17=Russia16
20Australia18
21=Vietnam18
22Bulgaria19
23=Norway19
Asia Avg55.8
World Avg54.3
q=106.
IQ
Higher is better56
Pos.200656
1=Hong Kong108
1=Singapore108
3S. Korea106
...
30=Latvia98
30=Hungary98
32Ukraine97
33=Russia97
33=Belarus97
35Moldova96
36=Uruguay96
36=Slovenia96
Asia Avg90.4
World Avg85.6
q=138.

Technology and Information:

Internet Users
Higher is better
57
Pos.201657
1Iceland100%
2Faroe Islands99%
3Norway98%
...
52Brunei72%
53Slovenia72%
54Cyprus72%
55Russia71%
56Oman71%
57New Caledonia70%
58=Macedonia69%
58=Argentina69%
Asia Avg48.7%
World Avg48.1%
q=201.
Freedom On The Internet
Lower is better
58
Pos.201258
1Estonia10
2USA12
3Germany15
...
27Venezuela48
28Azerbaijan50
29Rwanda51
30Russia52
31Zimbabwe54
32Sri Lanka55
33Kazakhstan58
34Egypt59
Asia Avg56.6
World Avg46.7
q=47.
IT Security
Lower is better
59
Pos.201359
1=Ireland0.11
1=Luxembourg0.11
1=Belize0.11
...
74Sri Lanka1.67
75Oman1.72
76Iraq1.84
77Bangladesh1.87
78Sudan1.98
79India2.10
80Russia2.42
81USA3.68
Asia Avg1.08
World Avg0.98
IPv6 Uptake
Higher is better
60
Pos.2017
Ratio60
1Belgium55.4
2Germany41.8
3Switzerland35.1
...
44Italy1.7
45Argentina1.4
46Faroe Islands1.4
47Russia1.3
48Bulgaria1.3
49S. Korea1.2
50Dominican Rep.1.1
51Slovakia0.8
Asia Avg2.11
World Avg3.82
q=176.

8. National Culture

#charity #corruption #happiness #morals #politics

World Giving Index
Higher is better
61
Pos.2022
%61
1Indonesia68.0
2Kenya61.0
3USA59.0
...
22=Serbia46.0
22=Netherlands46.0
22=Jamaica46.0
22=Russia46.0
22=Iceland46.0
22=Honduras46.0
22=Mongolia46.0
22=Denmark46.0
Asia Avg37.9
World Avg39.6
q=125.
Corruption
Higher is better
62
Pos.2022
Points62
1Denmark90.0
2=Finland87.0
2=New Zealand87.0
...
135Papua New Guinea30.0
136Gabon29.0
137=Paraguay28.0
137=Russia28.0
137=Mali28.0
140Pakistan27.0
141=Kyrgyzstan27.0
142Liberia26.0
Asia Avg39.98
World Avg42.98
q=180.

In 1997, Russia began to be included in the Corruption Perception Index data, and entered at the 4th-worst in the world.

Happiness
Higher is better
63
Pos.2018
Score63
1Finland7.6
2Norway7.6
3Denmark7.6
...
56Jamaica5.9
57S. Korea5.9
58Northern Cyprus5.8
59Russia5.8
60Kazakhstan5.8
61Cyprus5.8
62Bolivia5.8
63Estonia5.7
Asia Avg5.29
World Avg5.38
q=156.
Creativity & Culture
Lower is better
35
Pos.2017
Rank35
1Belgium1
2Netherlands2
3Estonia3
...
98Bolivia98
99El Salvador99
100Nicaragua100
101Russia101
102Vietnam102
103Armenia103
104Ghana104
105Bahrain105
Asia Avg99.0
World Avg82.0
q=163.
Open Trading, Aid & Development
Lower is better
35
Pos.2017
Rank35
1Ireland1
2Denmark2
3Sweden3
...
113China113
114S. Africa114
115Cape Verde115
116Russia116
117Angola117
118Guyana118
119Colombia119
120Congo, (Brazzaville)120
Asia Avg86.3
World Avg82.0
q=163.

9. Peace Versus Instability

#extremism #human_development #peace #politics #religious_violence #terrorism

Global Peace Index
Lower is better
64
Pos.2023
Score64
1Iceland1.12
2Denmark1.31
3Ireland1.31
...
155Sudan3.02
156Somalia3.04
157Ukraine3.04
158Russia3.14
159Congo, DR3.21
160S. Sudan3.22
161Syria3.29
162Yemen3.35
Asia Avg2.17
World Avg2.07
q=163.
Peacekeeping & Security
Lower is better
35
Pos.2017
Rank35
1Samoa1
2S. Africa2
3Tunisia3
...
79Georgia79
80Albania80
81Gabon81
82Russia82
83Iran83
84Serbia84
85Mexico85
86Cambodia86
Asia Avg76.0
World Avg82.0
q=163.
Refugees & UN Treaties
Lower is better
35
Pos.2017
Rank35
1Austria1
2Germany2
3Netherlands3
...
94Qatar94
95Peru95
96Gabon96
97Russia97
98Papua New Guinea98
99Mexico99
100Senegal100
101Georgia101
Asia Avg92.2
World Avg82.0
q=163.
Impact of Terrorism
Lower is better
65
Pos.2019
Score65
1Togo0.00
2Mongolia0.00
3Swaziland0.00
...
111Israel4.53
112Iran4.72
113Chad4.76
114Russia4.90
115France5.01
116Indonesia5.07
117Nepal5.09
118Burundi5.10
Asia Avg3.60
World Avg2.78
q=150.

10. Economic Inequality and Poverty

#capitalism #economics #health #inequality #life_expectancy #social_development

Inequality in Life Expectancy
Lower is better66
Pos.201966
1Iceland2.40
2=Singapore2.50
2=Hong Kong2.50
...
55Bahamas6.80
56Sri Lanka7.00
57=Costa Rica7.10
57=Russia7.10
59Albania7.20
60=Lebanon7.40
60=Ukraine7.40
62Brunei7.60
Asia Avg11.80
World Avg14.59
q=184.
Income Inequality (Gini Coefficient)
Lower is better67
Pos.2017
%67
1Ukraine25.0
2=Belarus25.4
2=Slovenia25.4
...
78Bhutan37.4
79Vanuatu37.6
80=Tonga37.6
81Russia37.7
82Tanzania37.8
83Georgia37.9
84=El Salvador38.0
84=Gabon38.0
Asia Avg35.2
World Avg38.1
q=152.

11. Religion and Beliefs

#afterlife #belief #buddhism #christianity #god #heaven #hell #hinduism #islam #judaism #religion #religion_in_russia #religiosity #russia #secularisation #ukraine #universalism

Religiosity (2018)55
Pos.Lower is better
%55
1China3
2Estonia6
3Czechia7
...
16Albania15
17=Lithuania16
17=S. Korea16
17=Russia16
20Australia18
21=Vietnam18
22Bulgaria19
23=Norway19
24Netherlands20
25=Italy21
25=Belarus21
27Ireland22
28=Kazakhstan22
28=Spain22
30Slovakia23
31=Ukraine23
World Avg54.3
q=106.
Disbelief In God (2007)68
Pos.Higher is better
%68
1Vietnam81
2Japan65
3Sweden64
...
16Norway31
17S. Korea30
18Finland28
19Russia27
20Australia25
21Taiwan24
22=New Zealand22
22=Canada22
24Latvia20
25=Ukraine20
25=Mongolia20
27Austria18
28=Slovakia17
28=Switzerland17
28=Belarus17
31Greece16
World Avg9.9
q=137.

Data from the Pew Forum, a professional polling outfit, states that in 2010 the religious makeup of this country was as follows in the table below69:

Christian73.3%
Muslim10%
Hindu0.1%
Buddhist0.1%
Folk Religion0.2%
Jewish0.2%
Unaffiliated16.2%

By adding up the Pew Forum data for the major monotheistic religions we can see that these make up 83.5% of the population. Yet there are simply too many who disbelieve in God for this to be true (27%). This is due to the so-called 'Census Effect', whereby many put down a religion for cultural reasons rather than because it reflects their beliefs. In highly Christian countries, as many as half of those who say they're a Christian lack any connection to a Church, and do not hold Christian beliefs (such as believing in God!).

It appears that when asked "What religion are you" many give pollsters the 'correct' answer despite how they actually feel, and despite what they actually believe. Although 83.9% of the populace say they belong to a religion, only 16% say that they are religious when the question is phrased as "Is religion an important part of your daily life?".

For more on this phenomenon, see:

The CIA World Factbook has slightly different data, and states: Russian Orthodox 15-20%, Muslim 10-15%, other Christian 2% (2006 est.). note: estimates are of practicing worshipers; Russia has large populations of non-practicing believers and non-believers, a legacy of over seven decades of Soviet rule70.

The Afterlife: Ipsos-NA in 2011 gathered some statistics on Russia71. Despite the large numbers of Christians, not many have traditional beliefs in the afterlife - just 12%. More people don't know what to believe (36%). Some believe that upon death, you simply cease to exist (12%). Also, 2% specifically believe in heaven but not in hell (which is nice - making them possible "universalists"). 5% believe in reincarnation.

Freedom of Religion and Belief: Freedom of religion and belief is protected in law and in the constitution, however, Article 282 of the Criminal Code bans "Inciting religious hatred" which is sometimes over-used, or misused for political purposes72. The Russian Orthodox Church has run long-term and officially supported campaigns to restrict other religious groups73,30, especially since the religious liberalisation of Russia in 199073: "Since July 2016, when the “Yarovaya Law” entered into force, authorities fined over 100 religious activists, mainly evangelist Christians" for various minor oversights and The Jehovah's Witnesses were outlawed in 201729. The Russian Orthodox Church in conjunction with the State have been blocking the UN Human Rights Council and also putting obstacles in the way of Human Rights elsewhere30. They were the only mainstream religious body to condone Russia's invasion of Ukraine, much to the horror of other Christians and followers around the world74.

Links:

12.1. The Russian Orthodox Church as an Organ of the State75

#christianity #religion_and_politics #Russia #secularisation #ukraine

Post-Communist Russia dropped its rugged opposition to organized religion, and allowed religious groups to operate again. The result was a revival of interest in religion76,77, causing a statistical tick in a world that is otherwise generally undergoing a process of secularisation (loss of religion). The Russian state pushes Orthodox Christianity, which has proven itself useful as "a tool for reconstructing political and geopolitical identity in a post-Soviet era"78. Without the ideology of the USSR to hold people together, Russia finds that Orthodox Christianity is a rather similar tool, so much so, that all of its traditional battles against human rights, conducted in the name of communism, are now handily conducted in the name of Christian identity, as are other political aims.

Agadjanian (2006) underscores that 'religion was revived from Soviet oblivion, by both religious and secular camps, as a grand narrative believed to be full of strong symbolic content available for collective identity quests' [and] the same was true in other Eastern Orthodox countries Borowik (2006) underscores that 'in all the Eastern European cases, religion has probably become more important because it offers a tool for reconstructing political and geopolitical identity in a post-Soviet era.

"The Meaning and Scope of Secularization" by Karel Dobbelaere (2011)78

Christian leaders around the world despaired in horror when in 2022 the Patriarch Kirill, head of the Russian Orthodox church, backed by his high-ranking Christian clergy, preached that the war against Ukraine was a righteous war being fought by that good man Putin for the future of Christianity in Ukraine, repeating official Russian excuses for the invasion.79.

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12. Russia Against Europe

#estonia #EU #europe #france #georgia #germany #nationalism #politics #russia #UK #ukraine

NATO has been warning for some time that Russia has been conducting long-term information warfare operations in Europe80,81, on a scale and sophistication that dwarves anything that NATO or Europe is doing in response82. On account of the long-term damage such parties do to the UK and to other European countries, Russia has been quietly and effectively supporting right-wing parties83,84 in order to further its own interest in a fractured Europe85. "Senior Russian political figures have long cultivated relationships with nationalist and often anti-EU parties in Europe"84 (e.g. in the UK, France, Germany)81. They will also fund and encourage mainstream parties (such as the UK's Conservatives86), if they are doing enough damage to the EU.87. On top of this, cyber-attacks and military operations have been used to subdue and intimidate several Baltic and Eastern-European countries (Estonia, Ukraine, Georgia)87,88,89.

For more, see: