Friday, July 30, 2010
Death of a Nation
Fifteen years after the fall of Communism, Marcel Theroux goes on a personal journey through Putin's Russia. He discovers a country that's literally dying.
Facts about Russia:
- In the first six months of 2005, the Russian population fell by half a million;
- By the middle of this century Russia could lose up to half of its people, according to Russian government stats;
- Life expectancy for men is 56 years, the same as Bangladesh;
- Ten years ago, the life expectancy for men in Russia was 63;
- The World Health Organisation says that at a conservative estimate more than a million people will have died because of AIDS in Russia by 2020;
- Every other newborn baby is diagnosed with a disease at birth
- There are more abortions every year in Russia than babies are born;
- Thanks to ill-health, 10 million Russians are infertile;
- A quarter of the population lives below the poverty line;
- Paradoxically, Moscow has more billionaires than any other city in the world;
- Although Russia's population is in freefall, they're still throwing people out. Thirty thousand Meshket Turks have recently had to seek asylum in America, having been forced from their homes in the south of the country by discriminatory laws and racist attacks.