Social media use, mental health, and suicide-related outcomes in Russian women: A cross-sectional comparison between two age groups

Background: Women who belong to the age group “emerging adulthood” (18 to 29 years) are vulnerable to mental health issues and suicide-related outcomes. Objectives: This study investigated potential predictors of suicide-related outcomes in females emerging adulthood and compared them to older women. Design and methods: Data of 2537 women from Russia (group “18 to 29 years”: n = 1123; group […]

Non-suicidal self-injury in Russian patients with suicidal ideation

Background Nonsuicidal self-injury (NSSI) is recognized as a public health concern for its association with unfavorable outcomes, including suicidal behavior. The aim of this study is to identify factors associated with NSSI among patients with nonpsychotic mental disorders (NPMD) and suicidal ideation in Russia. Methods A retrospective cohort study was conducted in the Moscow Research […]

The historical development of suicide mortality in Russia, 1870-2007.

Russia has one of the highest suicide mortality rates in the world. This study investigates the development of Russian suicide mortality over a longer time period in order to provide a context within which the contemporary high level might be better understood. Annual sex- and age-specific suicide-mortality data for Russia for the period 1870Ð2007 were […]

Suicidal behavior among immigrants.

Introduction This paper explores the association between suicidal behavior and immigrant status among Israeli residents from the former USSR (FSU). Method The Israeli component of the World Mental Health Survey (INHS) provided information on suicide ideations, plans and attempts. The INHS samples included Israel-born Jews (n = 2,114) and post-1990 immigrants from the FSU (n […]

Reduction in male suicide mortality following the 2006 Russian alcohol policy: an interrupted time series analysis.

We took advantage of a natural experiment to assess the impact on suicide mortality of a suite of Russian alcohol policies. Contact us for a copy of this article, or view online at

Suicidality: Risk Factors and the Effects of Antidepressants. The Example of Parallel Reduction of Suicidality and Other Depressive Symptoms During Treatment with the SNRI, Milnacipran

A recent study has determined the effects of 6 weeks of antidepressant treatment with the serotonin & norepinephrin reuptake inhibitor, milnacipran, on suicidality in a cohort of 30 Russian patients with mild to modertate depression. At baseline, mild suicidal thoughts were present in 46.7% of patients. Suicidal thoughts decreased progressively throughout the study in parallel […]

In the Name of Freedom: Suicide, Serfdom, and Autocracy in Russia

This article seeks to illuminate the cultural frame of reference for the suicide of Miasnikov (a Russian art student) & its subsequent reception. The author first outlines the tradition of noble suicide in Russia, which arose as a direct consequence of Westernization in the eighteenth centurey & reached a highpoint with the Decembrist movement. Discussion […]

The Kabuki Effect (IN: Suicide and the Creative Arts, edited by S Stack & D Lester)

The phenomenon in which a creative work provokes a number of people to die by suicide is commonly known as the Werther Effect, in recognition of imitative suicides said to have been induced by the novel “The Sorrows of Young Werther” (1774). This chapter examines a Japanese suicide epidemic in the early 1700s that was […]

Patriarchy on Trial: Suicide, Discipline, and Governance in Imperial Russia

Focussing on the nineteenth century, this article will show how the crime of instigating suicide emerged as part of an (inadequate) effort to correct the abuses of serfdom in Russia, but would, by the 1860s, become a (likewise inadquate) tool to regulate familial relations – specifically, the abuse of wives & children. In both periods, […]

The Socioeconomic Aetiology of Suicide Mortality in Russia

The socioeconomic aetiology of suicide mortality was analyzed for a large set of Russian regions. Suicide rates were statistically accounted for by transition-related stressors such as hyperinflation & severe economic depression. A deficiency of coping resources – lacking economic activities of the regional populations – turned out to be the strongest explanatory variable. Heavy binge […]

Beverage-Specific Alcohol Sale and Suicide in Russia

Trends in beverage-specific alcohol sales per capita & suicide rates from 1970-2005 in Russia were analyzed employing time-series analysis. Results suggested a 1-litre increase in overall alcohol sales would result in a 4% increase in the male suicide rate & a 2.8% increase in the female suicide rate. A 1-litre increase in vodka sales would […]

Suicide in Siberian Aboriginal Groups


Gender and Suicidality Prediction in Epilepsy

The current study was carried out to compare the accuracy of suicidal risk prediction in patients with epilepsy for each gender separately and as a group (males+females). The discriminant function analysis was performed to create an algorithm for suicidal risk classification for males and females separately and as a group. The main characteristics of epilepsy, […]

Suicide Bombers can be Stopped


The Calculus of Chechnya’s Suicide Bombers


The Collective Mind: Trauma and Shell-Shock in Twentieth-Century Russia


Chechnya’s Suicide Bombers: Desperate, Devout, or Deceived?

Prevention of Suicide in Contemporary Russia

The theme of this Conference was “Injuries, Suicide & Violence: Building Knowledge, Policies & Practices to Promote a Safer World”

From Respect to Rights to Entitlement, Blocked Aspirations and Suicidal Behavior


The Last Days of Esenin

This article describes the last days of the life of Russian poet Sergei Esenin, leading up to his death by suicide. The author describes the deterioration of Esenin’s physical & mental health & looks to his poetry to shed light on his state of mind at the time.

Patterns of Suicide Mortality in Russia

This article employs newly available vital statistics data to describe the demographic, temporal, & spatial patterns of suicide in Russia. The discussion reveals that suicide mortality in Russia is among the highest in the world & is more than 3 times higher than in the United States. Russian suicide mortality also exhibited radical changes between […]

Symbiogenesis: the Hidden Face of Constantin Merezhkowsky

Constantin Merezhkowsky was a biologist who is today celebrated for his theory of symbiogenesis, postulated in the early decades of the twentieth century. The authors present a complex perspective on his science, his troubled life & career, disclosing his sordid social & political activities, his eugenics & racist writings, his paedophilia, & his metaphysics. Finally, […]

Geographic Variation in Suicide Rates: Relationships to Social Factors, Migration, and Ethnic History

The present study examined regional patterns of suicide rates in European Russia. The authors investigated ethnic & national formations with respect to suicide patterns. Results indicated that the suicide rates vary greatly among the regions of the Russian Federation, with suicides more common in the northern regions of European Russia than in the south of […]