Death rates in Russia rise dramatically

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: (Published 16 August 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:383
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. BMJ

    Russia has seen a huge rise in death rates since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. The biggest rise has been among deaths related to alcohol and as a result of accidents and violence.

    Between 1984 and 1987 life expectancy at birth increased from 61.7 to 64.9 years in men and from 73.0 to 74.3 years in women. But between 1987 and 1994 life expectancy fell to just 57.6 years in men and 71 years in women.

    Researchers from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the Centre of Demography and Human Ecology in Moscow found that except for neoplasms all major causes of death declined between 1984 and 1987 and increased between 1987 and 1994 …

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