800 Thousand Russians Commit Suicide since Soviet Collapse

About 800,000 Russians committed suicide in the 20 years following the collapse of the Soviet Union , according to new statistics - more than one ever 15 minutes in a country with a population of 142.9 million.

By Howard Amos in Moscow
The UK Telegraph
23 October 2011

Although the rate has fallen from a peak of 42 suicides for every 100,000 people during the social and economic turbulence of the early 1990s, it was 23.5 per 100,000 in 2010.

The average age of Russians who kill themselves is 43 for men and 52 for women. Men are six times more likely to kill themselves than women.

A recent study by the Moscow-based Public Opinion Fund showed that almost a quarter of Russians, 23 per cent, "often" thought about death. It linked morbid propensities to education, religion, location and how many children one has.

Lower rates of suicide were recorded in big cities such as Moscow as well as the Northern Caucasus, where there is a large Muslim population. Above average rates were recorded in Siberia and Russia's far eastern regions.

The levels are one factor feeding into Russia's demographic decline, which Vladimir Putin, the prime minister, has described as a "catastrophe".

In 1992 more Russians died than were born (This is when the Russian population slide began – This rise in suicide, coupled with the decline in the Russian birth rate is all in direct result of  the Russian communist party’s complete loss and surrender as a legitimate and honest form of governing in the eyes of its people, and the pride associated in being a world power. The utter collapse of the Soviet Government destroyed generations of national pride, national trust, and the lives and careers of all of those that were given to preserve and uphold the nation in war, the cold war, government, and the KGB and related national security positions,)  for the first time since the Second World War. Census figures shows that between 2002 and 2010, the country's population fell by 1.6 per cent.