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In 2018, the largest number of births were in Moscow (132.1 thousand), Moscow Oblast (83), Krasnodar Krai (64.5), St. Petersburg (64), and Tyumen Oblast (50). The birth rate leaders: Chechnya (20.7 per 1,000 population), Tuva (20.2), Ingushetia (16.3). The mortality leaders: Pskov Oblast (17.2), Tver Oblast (16.8), Tula Oblast (16.2). In total, 1.6 million people were born and 1.8 million died. In Q4 2018, according to Rosstat, 48.2% of households in Russia had enough money only for food and clothing, but not for durable goods (home appliances, consumer electronics, furniture). The largest percentage is among young families (59.2%) and families consisting only of unemployed pensioners (57.9%). In Q1 2019, according to The World Gold Council, Russia was the world's largest buyer of gold (55.3 tons). The total gold reserves reached 2168.3 tons, which is 18% of all Russian reserves. The country reduces dependence on the US dollar in case of new sanctions. According to VCIOM, 12% of Russians watch Game of Thrones (31% among 18-24-year-olds) and 8% plan to do it. 71% aren't going to watch this series (86% among 60+ year-olds). 80% of watchers like the series (96% among 18-24-year-olds). Favorite characters: Daenerys Targaryen and Tyrion Lannister (12% each), Jon Snow (11%), Arya Stark (6%). From 2011 to 2018, according to the Ministry of Health, alcohol consumption almost halved in Russia - from 18 to 9.3 liters. However, this doesn't mean that in reality people drink less. It is about only legal alcohol, while almost 30% of vodka in the country is illegal, not to mention moonshine becoming more popular as the population gets poorer. More notes from Russia »
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I have found retail prices for beef in 1718 and used this indicator. By rough estimate, the difference is about 10,000%, so 1,400 Rubles in 1714 is 14,000,000 Rubles in 2019 or about 215,000 USD (65 Rubles per 1 USD).

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