Mark Adomanis of Forbes makes a case that, if recent trends continue for the rest of the year, Russian births might exceed deaths in 2013.
The article is linked below.
Forbes: Natural Increase for Russia's Population?
"In 2013 Russia’s basic demographic indicators have modestly improved over 2012, which was itself the best year since the early 1990′s. In June-July 2013 the number of births was just a little smaller than the analogous period in 2012, but mortality decreased by an even larger amount."
---Mark Adomanis, Forbes