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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Life Expectancy for Men Drops to 57 Years

The average life expectancy for Russian men has dropped to just 57 years, continuing a precipitous decline and heightening concerns over what some officials call a demographic crisis.

The birth rate also has plummeted in recent years.

Alexander Tkachenko, who heads the Labor Ministry's population department, told Itar-Tass that the life expectancy of Russian men dropped in 1994 to 57. That is down from 59 in 1993, and 62 in 1992.

Life expectancy for Russian women is also declining, though not as sharply. It fell from 73.2 in 1993 to 71.1 last year, according to the report.

By comparison, in 1993, the average American man could expect to live to 72 and the average American woman to 79.

The decline in Russia is blamed mainly on a legacy of environmental abuse, declining health care and painful economic changes.

Russia continues to lead the world in the number of abortions, the report said.