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Sustainability 2016, 8(7), 602;

The Quest for Rural Sustainability in Russia

Southern Methodist University; Dallas, TX 75205, USA
Academic Editor: David J. O’Brien
Received: 5 April 2016 / Revised: 31 May 2016 / Accepted: 18 June 2016 / Published: 28 June 2016
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Rural depopulation and the disappearance of villages in rural Russia occurred as part of the historical process of urbanization and industrialization. Rural depopulation also occurred for structural reasons having to do with village location, and for behavioral reasons whereby villagers react to primitive living conditions and poor economic prospects. Three possible strategies for addressing the problem of sustainable villages are considered. The government is attempting to improve rural living conditions, but rural depopulation is likely to continue. Characteristics of sustainable villages are outlined. Agro-tourism is analyzed for its potential to support sustainable villages. View Full-Text
Keywords: Rural Russia; rural depopulation; sustainable villages; agro-tourism; food sovereignty; green agriculture Rural Russia; rural depopulation; sustainable villages; agro-tourism; food sovereignty; green agriculture
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