Murray Feshbach, Woodrow Wilson Center | October 7, 2008
We are too easily impressed by the Russian bear. ++ "Moscow remains bent on ignoring the devastating truth: The nation is not just sick but dying." ++ The population is declining, the economy is totally dependent on oil revenues, and the public health crisis "verges on the catastrophic." ++ AIDS, tuberculosis, alcoholism, heart disease, and smoking are killing Russians at an alarming rate. ++ Life expectancy for men is 59, ranking 166th world-wide. ++ The Kremlin's misplaced priorities must change.