According to the Federal State Statistics Service (Rosstat), women outnumber men in Russia by 16.2 per cent. Although there are about equal numbers of girls and boys born in Russia, the country has a high rate of premature deaths among men. The average lifespan of Russian women is 73, while for men it is 60. Currently one in eight Russian citizens — 12.8 per cent — is aged 65 or older, and in this age group there are more than two women for every man.
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