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    MOSCOW, September 16 (RIA Novosti) - The United Nations Population Fund (UNPFA) presented its annual report in Moscow yesterday. The latest demographic measurements in Russia brought a quite expected sensation as they showed that men's average life span in Russia was 60 years, writes Noviye Izvestia. Russia is thereby dragging behind the industrialized countries, as well as many Third World countries.

    Entire Northern Africa, some countries in Eastern Africa, nearly the whole of the Asian region and entire Europe and America have approached the figure of 70 years. Only women reach the age of 70 in Russia. "Men's lives are by 10-15 years shorter than women's in Russia," said Anatoly Vishnevsky, Director of the Center for Demography and Human Environment, who contributed to preparing the report. "Male mortality has kept growing here over the past 40 years," said Mr. Vishnevsky.

    UN experts' general forecast for Russia is also alarming. The country's population will shrink to 100 million by 2050 compared to the current 140 million. Experts urge measures to resolve the problem. UN experts believe receiving immigrants in Russia en masse is the most appropriate solution. However, they admit that under the circumstances Russia will not open its doors to all immigrants without exception. This means that birth rate has to be promoted. This is not an easy solution either as twice as many children, compared to the current rate of 1.3 children, will have to be borne.

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