National Geographic : 1994 Aug
with their U. S. counterparts. Today life expectancies are falling throughout the former Soviet Union; for Russian males it is 61- lower even than that of many developing nations. Birthrates are also dropping pre cipitously,and deaths now exceed birthsin Russia by some 700,000 a year. Only the repatriation of Russians from other former Soviet republics is preventing Russia's population of 148 million from falling sharply.