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Russia's Love Of Vodka Drives Premature Death Rates In Men
2014-01-31 09:53:16

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Vodka has long been a part of Russian culture and that culture needs to change if the country wants to save the lives of thousands of its people. According to a new study published in The Lancet, vodka is a major cause of the high risk of premature death in Russian adults  – with a quarter of all Russian men dying before reaching 55. "Russian death rates have fluctuated wildly over the last 30 years as alcohol restrictions and...

2008-09-12 12:00:22

Text of report by mass-circulation Russian weekly Argumenty i Fakty on 30 July [Interview with Centre TV presenter Aleksey Pushkov by Aleksandr Kolesnichenko: "Aleksey Pushkov: "Is TV for morons or for people?"] In the opinion of Culture Minister Aleksandr Avdeyev, who was speaking at the [Russian State] Duma, our federal television channels are not meeting the state's objectives: "Television is littered with low-quality, low-morality production, which is causing harm." Politicians were...

2008-08-22 09:00:08

By THOMAS IF THE CONFLICT in Georgia were an Olympic event, the gold medal for brutish stupidity would go to the Russian prime minister, Vladimir Putin. The silver medal for boneheaded recklessness would go to Georgia's president, Mikheil Saakashvili, and the bronze medal for rank shortsightedness would go to the Clinton and Bush foreign policy teams. Let's start with us. After the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, I was among the group - led by George Kennan, the father of...

2008-08-20 15:00:24

By DAVID A MITTELL Jr WE DIDN'T NOTICE IT at the time, but the post-Cold War world changed on Oct. 1, 1999, when Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin used the bombing of a Moscow apartment building on Sept. 9 as a pretext to destroy the semi-independent Chechen Republic accepted by Boris Yeltsin in 1996. This and other bombings around Russia were claimed, but never proven, to be the work of Chechens. Chechnya has been ruled by Russia since the early 19th Century. Through czars,...

2008-08-05 00:00:11

By Dmitry Babichin Moscow; Anne Penketh Russians piled flowers outside the gates of the home of Alexander Solzhenitsyn as they mourned the death of Russia's leading anti- Soviet dissident and Nobel laureate who chronicled the Stalin terror. The writer, whose masterwork, The Gulag Archipelago, revealed to the world the full horror of the Soviet labour camp network when it was published in the West, died of heart failure on Sunday night. His wife, Natalya, who had accompanied him during...

2006-06-16 08:55:09

By Richard Balmforth MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin tried on Friday to calm speculation about who will succeed him in 2008, suggesting the top Kremlin job might go to an outsider rather than one of the two fancied contenders. Analysts said Putin's comments reflected Kremlin concerns his authority could be undermined if his succession was perceived as a two-horse race between Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov and First Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. Speaking...

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