Year: 1998 Source: JAMA, v.279, no.10, (March 11, 1998), p.793-800 SIEC No: 19980804

The contribution of selected causes of death to the decline ne in life expectancy in Russia in the years following the breakup of the Soviet Union was assessed. Age-adjusted mortality rose by almost 33% between 1990-94. Suicide increased from 27.0 to 41.7 per 100,000 population (47.5 to 76.4 for males & 10.5 to 12.5 for females). Suicide contributed to 5.2% of the change in mortality. A number of factors which may have contributed to this decline in life expectancy are discussed. (46 refs.)