Suicide in Russia
Suicide in Russia is a significant national social-issue with one of the highest suicide rates in the world. As of October 2011[update] nearly one million Russians have committed suicide since the dissolution of the Soviet Union. Researchers have observed a close association between heavy alcohol consumption in Russia and suicide.
In 2012, 29,735 of 1,906,335 (1.56%) deaths in Russia were suicidal.
The rate of suicide has been steadily decreasing since it peaked at around 40 per 100,000 in the mid-late 90s, including a 30% drop from 2001 to 2006. In 2007 about 22% of all suicides were committed by people aged 40–49, and almost six times as many Russian males commit suicide as females.
Alcohol and suicide
Heavy alcohol use is a significant factor in the suicide rate, with an estimated half of all suicides a result of alcohol abuse. This is evident by the fact that Russia's suicide rate since the mid-90s has declined alongside per capita alcohol consumption, despite the economic crises since then; alcohol consumption is more of a factor than economic conditions.
In 2012, the rate of teenage suicides in Russia was three times higher than the world average.
- Federal law of Russian Federation no. 139-FZ of 2012-07-28, which introduced censorship of Web pages containing information about methods of suicide, and calls for suicide.
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