Russia slides into a demographic abyss

This is the sort of stuff that
sub-editors love. Over the weekend AFP reported that a 22-year-old
Russian man downed three bottles of vodka and then, to the horror of
his wife, hurled himself from the balcony of his fifth-floor
apartment. He fell 15 metres (about 50 feet) and landed with barely a
scratch. He staggered upstairs to his home where his wife began to
berate him. So once again he jumped from the balcony — and again
survived with barely a scratch. Alexei Roskov now swears that he has
given up the bottle. But many Russian men are not as lucky
as Mr Roskov. Nicholas Eberstadt summarises the state of Russian
health in a dismaying article in World Affairs Journal.