The changing life expectancy in Russia is a consequence of a complex pattern of trends in different causes of death, some of which have their origins long in the past, and others that result from contemporary circumstances. This study provides further support for the view that alcohol has played an important part in the fluctuations in life expectancy in Russia in the 1990s, although there remains a need for a much better understanding of the factors underlying these continuing changes.
The Lancet, 357, 917-921 pp. [doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(00)04212-4]
Changes in life expectancy in Russia in the 1990s.