United Nations Development Programme

Russian Federation

Policies for the Control of the Transition's Mortality Crisis

We would like
to present for your attention a report "Policies
for the Control of the Transition's Mortality Crisis"
The report was prepared by the group of experts under direct
supervision of Mr. Valeriy Chervyakov, Director of the Transnational
Family Research Institute, and financed by UNDP CO in the Russian

This report reveals
the causes of critical situation with mortality of male population
at working ages and especially how it is influenced by social
and economic situation of the transition period. It was aimed
on finding ways out of the crisis. Study was conducted in two
selected regions of Russia (Moscow and the Udmurt Republic)
on the bases of all the available information trying to build
models of typical personal and micro-social situations, which
lead to premature death. Such an approach guaranties conclusiveness
of association between certain unfavorable factors (of the multitude
of various factors) and the fact of premature death.

Practical application
of the recommendations that should be constructed on the basis
conclusions and results of the research would lead to decrease
in mortality rates, especially among working population, - the
main humanitarian problem of contemporary Russia.

The report could
be of great interest for scientists, studying this problem,
as well for the wide public.