The population in Russia and the former USSR as a whole is older than of the world. Most of these nations, including the most populous, also have low fertility rates compared with the global average. This skews the population’s gender ratio because older people are more likely to be female, while younger people are Russian men. We have made 7 reasons why Russian men have less count than Russian women.
7. Vodka is the reason of men death
The attitude towards alcohol differs strongly among Russian men and women (2013):
- 52% of women believe alcohol to be a moral problem.
- Only 36% of men support this view.
Violent attitudes in a conflict, where a person is expected to fight rather than seek a peaceful resolution or apply to the law enforcement, are also contributing to early deaths in males, while females are not supposed to participate in hands-on settlements. Paired with minds clouded by vodka, this view on bravery causes multiple tragedies for all involved. Accidents due to reflex impairment are also to blame. For example, the rescue services of Belarus attribute high mortality levels in accidents on water causing drownings to alcohol abuse. The problem is known to governments, which tried to solve it in the past unsuccessfully, such as during Perestroika in 1986, when the supply of alcohol and hours of trade were severely limited.
6. World War II casualties of the Soviet Union declared the loss of 40 million army men
World War II casualties of the Soviet Union from all related causes numbered over 20,000,000, both civilians and military, although the exact figures are disputed. The number of 20 million was considered official during the Soviet era. In 1993 a study by the Russian Academy of Sciences estimated total Soviet population losses due to the war at 26.6 million, POW including the military dead of 8.7 million calculated by the Russian Ministry of Defense. These figures have been accepted by most historians outside Russia. However, the official figure of 8.7 million military dead has been disputed by some Russian historians who believe the number Pows dead and missing is understated. Officials at the Russian Central Defense Ministry Archive (CDMA) maintain that their database lists the names of roughly 14 million dead and missing service personnel. Some critics in Russia put total losses in the war, both civilians and military, at over 40 million.
5. Russian Men Temper forces Women to find partner in another country
In Russia, men who drink, sleep around, beat up their wives (about 16,000 women in Russia are KILLED every year by their partners or family members) – those men are a norm. Some of the men are unable to hold a job or provide all the necessary for the family, and the woman has to have a full-time job and then work the second shift doing ALL domestic chores and looking after kids. Second reason is the well-publicized alcohol abuse in Russia by men, which results in poor health conditions and abusive behaviour of men. It is a custom where men get together in groups after work and get drunk, then go home. The woman is supposed to look after kids and make a meal for the husband coming home from work (who often comes home drunk) and if a woman complains, it may end up in a verbal or physical abuse by the man.
4. Countrymen’s sperm does not meet World Health Organization standards
It’s a man’s world, but maybe not for much longer. Scientists say males are on the road to extinction as their genes slowly fade away. And with the world heading for a fully-fledged sperm crisis, Russia could be affected worse than most. In a horrifying mutation, sperm with two heads, three tails or an inability to swim is becoming almost the norm amongst modern men. “What used to be perceived as infertility is now very different. Twenty years ago, 200 million viable sperm per millilitre was considered normal. Today, 15 million is average. Some studies revealed not only the quantity but the quality also changes among Russian men as their sperm literally swims in a toxic soup. A whole range of poisonous substances including lead, cadmium and even mercury was found in their semen. And that’s not all. It’s been noted recently that any kind of stress – such as war, terrorist attacks, a polluted environment – leads to fewer boys being born and more girls – proving that the male chromosome is more vulnerable to outside influences.
3. Abortion rate is very high, causes low men ratio
Russia also has one of the world’s highest abortion rates. In addition, the death rate has climbed to levels seldom seen in peacetime, to 16.3 in 2002 from 10.7 per thousand people in 1988. The result is a population that is shrinking by an average of 700,000 people each year – and ageing. A UN report last year predicted that Russia’s population, around 145 million in 2002, could fall by one-third by 2050.
2. Chechnya, Russia and 20 years of conflict
In 1994, shortly after Moscow invaded Chechnya in an effort to restore its territorial integrity, Akhmad Kadyrov, a bearded, barrel-chested Muslim scholar turned guerrilla commander, declared jihad on all Russians and said each Chechen should kill at least 150 of them. That was the proportion of the populations on each side of the conflict: some 150 million Russians and less than a million Chechens in a small, landlocked province, which the separatists wanted to carve out of Russia. Moscow was lambasted internationally for disproportionate use of force and rolling back on the democratic freedoms that former leader Boris Yeltsin was so eager to introduce after the 1991 Soviet Union collapse. Tens of thousands died amid atrocities committed by both sides – and much more were displaced before 1996, when the Russians retreated, leaving Chechnya essentially independent. Retreating was a humiliation for Russia’s military machine that less than a decade earlier had presented a seemingly formidable threat to the entire Western world.
1. Tobacco consumption among Russian men is very high
Russia has the fourth-highest annual per capita consumption of tobacco in the world, and smoking is responsible for 42 percent of early deaths among Russian men 35 to 59 years old, according to Euromonitor International, a consulting firm. Those figures are feeding fears about what will happen to the Russian economy in the coming years if, as the United Nations Population Division suggests, the Russian population will experience a drop of 21 million from 2000 to 2025, to 120 million people.