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Life expectancy of Russian men falls to 58

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 21 August 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:468
  1. James Ciment
  1. New York

    The transition to market economies in many post-communist societies of the former Soviet Union and other former eastern bloc countries in Europe has a produced a “demographic collapse,” a recent report by the United Nations Development Programme has found. Among the most serious findings is a four year drop in life expectancy among Russian men since 1980, from 62 years to 58.

    The development programme's report also noted significant drops in life expectancy in Armenia, Belarus, Bulgaria, Latvia, Lithuania, …

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