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Environmental and Health Atlas of Russia

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: (Published 27 April 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:1108
  1. Michael Ryan

    Ed in chief Murray Feshbach Centre for Post-Soviet Studies, 2 Wisconsin Circle, Suite 410, Chevy Chase, MD 20815, USA, $95, pp 500 ISBN 5-87664-053-0

    Social reform in 19th century Britain owed much to the painstaking collection and analysis of statistical data about the adverse consequences which a free market economy had for working people and their families. In Soviet Russia, by contrast, it was generally impossible to criticise the state's strategies for social and economic development on the basis of published figures. Indeed the data served an essentially propaganda function until the …

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