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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Population Is Aging

MOSCOW -- Russia's population is getting older, but 40 percent of young men will probably never live to be 60, the State Statistics Committee said.

A report Saturday on demographic trends, quoted by Interfax, said the average life expectancy of Russian men was about the same as at the end of the 19th century, when only 43 percent of 16-year-olds were expected to reach age 60.

The report said Russia's 146.3 million population, which fell by about 400,000 last year, would be 5.6 million greater if infant mortality and life expectancy rates had remained at 1990 levels. "If current life expectancy levels in Russia are maintained, about 40 percent of young men who have reached the age of 16 will not live until 60," the report said.