Cover Osteuropa 5/2010

In Osteuropa 5/2010

Between Facts and Norms
Aging and Senior Citizen Policy in the Post-Soviet Realm

Aleksandr Sidorenko

Deutsche Fassung


The demographic situation in the various post-Soviet states differ fundamentally from one another. The Baltic countries are among the oldest in the world, the Central Asian among the youngest. In Russia and Ukraine, the population is in sharp decline; in Tadzhikistan and Turkmenistan, it is increasing. Nonetheless, even if all 15 states are at different stages of demographic transformation, they are all experiencing the global trend of aging. The answers to this challenge are completely different. Nowhere can it be said that they are satisfactory. The implementation of the “International Plan on Aging” leaves much to be desired. Aging is hardly seen as an issue of overall social significance.

(Osteuropa 5/2010, pp. 131–142)