144m people live in Russia now, Chairman of the State Statistics Committee of the Russian Federation Vladimir Sokolin reported in an interview with the 'Podrobnosti' (Details) program live on the RTR television. According to him, the population of Russia is decreasing. "We are born, get older and die like other people. And we should understand that Russia is a typical European country, i.e. we are an old nation, and our population is decreasing like in any other European country," Sokolin added.
Russian small missile ships - the Grad Sviyazhsk and the Great Ustyug - set off for a mission to the Mediterranean Sea
President Vladimir Putin has not released an official statement yet about his position on the issue of the pension reform in Russia