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Monday, November 27, 2006

Russia leads World in Suicides

Russians, it seems, have settled on the best way to contend with rising neo-Soviet dictatorship and failure: suicide. A characteristically passive an fatalistic solution, this is of course a harbinger of doom for Russia given that its economy is supposed to be booming and national pride on the rise. Of course, it's all illusion, a Potemkin village no different from those created in Soviet times. One Russian kills himself every ten minutes in Russia, a rate four times higher than in the United States.

The Moscow News reports:

Russia’s suicide rate is the second worst in the world after Lithuania, the director of a leading Russian social and psychiatric research center said Thursday. “Russia takes second place in the world for the number of suicides, after Lithuania,” the RIA-Novosti news agency quoted the researcher Tatyana Dmitriyeva as saying. “Suicides claim between 57,000 and 60,000 lives annually,” Dmitriyeva said.With Russia’s official population of 145 million, a figure of 60,000 suicides corresponds to 41 per 100,000 people. The head of the Serbsky National Research Center for Social and Forensic Psychiatry said cardiac diseases are the most common cause of death in the country, followed by suicides, cancer and car accidents. She said about 90% of suicides result from psychological disorders. Boris Polozhy, a department head with the Serbsky Center, said earlier said official statistics show 36.1 cases of suicide for every 100,000 people in Russia. He said the most problematic regions in Russia were the Koryak Autonomous District (with 133.5 suicides per 100,000 people), the republic of Komi (110.3), the republic of Altai (101.9) and the Nenets Autonomous Area (95.7). Polozhny added that the situation was much better in republics of the North Caucasus, with 1.1 registered suicide cases per 100,000 people in Ingushetia, 3.2 in Daghestan, and 4.8 in North Ossetia. Moscow and St. Petersburg lose 11 and 17.8 people per 100,000 to suicides each year, respectively, according to official data.

If Russia were really a nation on the rise the Kremlin propaganda and the crazed Russophile contingent claim, would it lead the world in suicide?

2 comments:

Anthony said...

Eerr, actually if you read carefully, LITHUANIA, not Russia leads the world in suicides. I wonder how is it that this beacon of democracy and free enterprise, member of EU and NATO, the first republic in the old USSR to declare independence, an up and coming nation on the rise according to Western propaganda, is the leader of the world in suicides? Maybe they are regretting their choice??

17 ugly raccoons said...

You are evil Russophile. Or typical moron. Or somesuch. And you murdered Litvinenko and Pushkin.

Because such insignificant thing as reality, shouldn't stand on the way of the glorious crusade of LR.

:-)