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1. Russia from Michael_Novakhov (114 sites): Window on Eurasia — New Series: Putin’s Cult of Masculinity and His War in Ukraine Preventing Russia from Closing Gender Gap in Life Expectancy, Scholars Say


Paul Goble

            Staunton,
Apr. 27 – Russia has long been notorious for having one of the largest gender
gaps in life expectancy of any country in the world, with Russian women today
living on average more than ten years than Russian men. Many experts had expected
declining alcohol consumption among men and rising alcohol use among women
would change that.

            But although
those social changes have had some impact, two Putin policies are preventing Russia
from closing its enormous gender gap in life expectancy: his cult of
masculinity which is only encouraging Russian men to drink more and take less
care of their health and his war in Ukraine, scholars say.

            Russian men
suffer from hypertension at far high rates than Russian women do but are less
likely to monitor their health and take medicines that would reduce the impact
of the problem. Putin’s cult of masculinity has only made both drinking and
neglect of medical monitoring greater (tochno.st/materials/rossiya-strana-pobedivshey-toksichnoy-maskulinnosti-gde-muzhchiny-umirayut-na-10-let-ranshe-chem-zhenshchiny-takogo-razryva-net-pocht;-nigde-v-mire).

            That “toxic
cult of masculinity” under Putin has had a far greater impact than even the war
in Ukraine and its consequences, experts say. The number of deaths of young men
there will depress life expectancy of among men overall, but the bigger impact
will come when veterans return, engage in criminal activities, or act with
little regard for their lives.

            Those
things will continue to prevent Russia from reducing its current gender gap of
more than a decade anytime soon, and they are likely to have a larger and more
negative impact the longer Putin is in power and the longer he continues his
aggression in Ukraine or elsewhere, the data suggest.   

Window on Eurasia — New Series

1. Russia from Michael_Novakhov (114 sites)