Resurgent Russian menace? Russia is losing its population. The Russian Federation is home to as many as 160 different ethnic groups and indigenous peoples. As of the 2002 census, 79.83% of the population (115,889,107 people) is ethnically Russian.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demographics_of_Russia
Some 1.6% of the population are ethnicities not native to the Russian territory. The census has an additional group of 'other' ethnicities of 42,980 (0.03%), including Hungarians, Czechs, Albanians, Japanese, Spaniards, Italians, Scandinavians and Romanians. An estimated 100,000 Africans either originating from Sub-Saharan Africa and North or South American nations are known to reside in Russia. Many of them came to Russia for college studies, while others were invited for political reasons or sought asylum, and in the 1970's the U.S. media reported an African-American colony in Russia, an estimated 20,000 of them, voluntarily migrants made up of intellectuals involved in the Civil rights movement and the Soviet Union Communist Party.
The demographic structure of Russia has gradually changed over time. In 1970, Russia had the third largest population of Jews in the world, estimated at 2,150,000, following only that of the United States and Israel. By 2002, due to Jewish emigration, their number fell as low as 230,000 A sizable emigration of other minorities has been enduring, too. Predominantly these are European peoples like Germans, Czechs, Greeks and members of their families. The main destinations are the USA (Jews, Meskhetian Turks etc.), Israel (Jews), Germany (Germans and Jews), Canada and Finland (Finns).
At the same time, Russia experiences a constant flow of immigration. On average, 200,000 legal immigrants enter the country every year; about half are ethnic Russians from the other republics of the former Soviet Union. In addition, There are an estimated 10 million illegal immigrants from the ex-Soviet states in Russia. There is a significant inflow of ethnic Georgians, Armenians, Azerbaijanis, Tajiks, and Ukrainians into big Russian cities, something that is viewed very unfavorably by many citizens and even gives rise to nationalist sentiments. Some Chinese flee the overpopulation and birth control regulations of their home country and settle in the Far East and in southern Siberia. Many immigrant ethnic groups have much higher birth rates than native Russians, further shifting the balance.
Just what such changes could mean, can be deduced from written history. From a secular point of view only, with no religious promotions whatsoever, here is a link to chapter 11 in a book that examines the fall of the Roman Empire in the West. http://www.askelm.com/people/peo011.htm
Understanding history is a fascination for me and I will gladly read any tract or tome to glean any insight, however small, into our human pasts. The author Earnest L Martin wrote his books from religious conviction, but he does not let that cloud his judgments as both historian and archaeologist. He was a clever man and the organisation he founded continues his work. http://www.askelm.com/#
For a completely secular, almost dispassionate analysis of Egyptian, Middle Eastern, and Roman biblical events, I can recommend the Michael S. Saunders site http://www.biblemysteries.com/whoismss.htm
and especially his pragmatic relocation for Herod the Great's rebuilding of the Second Temple. http://www.biblemysteries.com/library/temples.htm
It was over the Gihon Spring, but that's a story for another time