The former Soviet Union entered the 20th century as a conglomerate of life-styles, religions, and cultures. During the course of the century, socio-economic development started at different times and proceeded differently in contrasting regions and in various socio-demographic groups. Today the western and northern parts of the former Soviet Union have the demographic characteristics of a developed country while the Central Asian republics share the demographic patterns of developing countries.

Demographic Trends and Patterns in the Soviet Union Before 1991 1993, Routledge, London, England

ISBN-13: 9780415101943