• Svetlana Shkolnikova

In Russia, rampant alcoholism among men leaves women with rotten choices

Updated: Jan 10, 2018

For every girl born in Russia today, so are 1.06 boys.

The gender ratio at birth is consistent with the international average of 1.07 boys for every girl, but the similarities end there.

By the time Russian women reach 25 years old, the number of male counterparts begins to dwindle at a pace not found anywhere else in the world, apart from several other former republics of the Soviet Union, dropping to 0.96 males per 1 female in the 25-to-54 year old age bracket; 0.75 per 1 female in the 55-to-64-year-old age bracket; and 0.45 per 1 female among the 65-and-older population.

The trend repeats itself in Belarus, Latvia, Lithuania and Ukraine, where there are 84.8 to 86.8 men per 100 women, according to the 2015 revision of “World Population Prospects,” by the Population Division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs.

Among the world’s more developed regions, the gender ratio stands at 94.9 men per 100 women.

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