Russia's population is ageing - Labor Ministry

The pension-age population is almost 9 million larger than the population of minors in Russia, according to the Labor Ministry.

The pension-age population is almost 9 million larger than the population of minors in Russia, according to the Labor Ministry.

The number of citizens of active working age is 8.89 million, or 27.3 percent larger than the population of citizens under the working age," the Labor and Social Welfare Ministry's press service said on Friday.

The active working age starts at 16 in Russia.

The population is also ageing, the ministry said. "One eighth of the population are citizens over 65 years of age. By international standards the population is considered old if the share of citizens aged over 65 accounts for 7 percent of the population," it said.

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