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Infant Mortality Rate

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Defected to the U.S.S.R.: 04 Dec 2005, 02:45
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Post 13 Oct 2007, 16:45
I remember hearing the infant mortality rate had skyrocketed since the collapse of the USSR, then someone showed me these statistics.

Now I'm wondering if this is correct, and Russia's current population problem is coming from other factors.
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Defected to the U.S.S.R.: 21 Oct 2004, 21:15
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Post 13 Oct 2007, 18:00
I don't know about the infant mortality rate, but increasing alcoholism and just fatalism in general have contributed to a large mortality rate in the general population. Lots of young people die doing stupid things because they just don't care.

One of the biggest obstacles is that families are limiting themselves to one child because they don't think they could support a second well enough. Within the last couple of years the Russian government has actually promised a gift (10,000 rubles, I think) to couples that have a second child. Not sure if it's one-time or annual.
"Shake your chains to earth, like dew / Which in sleep had fall'n on you: / YE ARE MANY-THEY ARE FEW." - Percy Bysshe Shelley, 'The Masque of Anarchy'
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