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23% of Russians Mull Death

Almost a quarter of Russians — 23 percent — "often" think about death, Interfax reported on Tuesday, citing a new study by Sreda and the Public Opinion Fund.

Researchers found that people over 65 are more likely to think about death than people aged 18 to 24 (42 percent compared with 14 percent) and that the poor tend to think about it and fear it more than the wealthy.

The study also suggested a correlation between gloomy thoughts and education, religion, location and the number of children one has.

An alarmingly high suicide rate in Russia has cost the country the equivalent in population of a large metropolis since the Soviet collapse, a leading expert on the matter said Monday, which was World Mental Health Day.

(MT)

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