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Russia: Key facts
Health of the nation

Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, birth rates and male life expectancy have suffered sharp declines.

Russia's population is expected to decrease further over the next decade as a result of deaths caused by poor health.

Alcoholism is a major problem. Recent research published in the British medical magazine The Lancet reported half of all deaths in working-age men in Russia are caused by excessive drinking.

The rate of infectious diseases, such as TB, has also gone up and there is a growing HIV/Aids crisis.

In fact, Russia has what the World Health Organization describes as the biggest Aids epidemic in Europe, mainly from a rise in injected drug use that followed the social and economic upheavals of the 1990s.



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