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    Suicides continue to be the main cause of death in Russia's Armed Forces, the Defense Ministry said Monday.

    MOSCOW, August 20 (RIA Novosti) - Suicides continue to be the main cause of death in Russia's Armed Forces, the Defense Ministry said Monday.

    According to the ministry's official Web site, a total of 262 servicemen have died from crimes, accidents and suicides so far this year.

    The deaths were mainly due to suicides (147), accidents (60), traffic accidents (27), murder through negligence (15), hazing (7) and mishandling of arms (6).

    The ministry earlier said a total of 554 servicemen had died in 21,252 accidents and other non-combat-related incidents in the Russian Armed Forces in 2006.

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