Nice little article on Russian childbirth trends. I blogged on this last fall. Total population growth will still be a problem because of the emigration problem. The 'table 1' graphic is scary. A wide variety of countries in the former Communist bloc have seen birthrates drop below 2.0 and some dip below 1.5. While these countries have seen problems with AIDS, thank god they have not seen the AIDS infection & mortality rates of sub-Saharan Africa. Eastern Europe would be a ghost land from the increased mortality, death of middle aged parents, and low birth rates.
For that matter, imagine sub-Saharan Africa with low birth rates. Ghost continent.