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Since 2009, according to the Ministry of Health of Russia, young people (13-15 years) began to smoke almost three times less, and the number of smoking adults decreased by one third. In today's Russia, about 51% of men and 14% of women smoke. Among adolescents, this figure is 15%. In the first half of 2017, according to "TurStat", Top 10 most popular tourist cities in Russia were: Moscow, St. Petersburg, Sochi, Kazan, Kaliningrad, Nizhny Novgorod, Krasnodar, Yaroslavl, Kislovodsk and Vologda. On average, tourists spent 3,200 rubles a day (about 55 USD) on living in hotels and stayed for three nights. Russia three years ahead of schedule completed the elimination of its arsenal of chemical weapons (39,967 tons of toxic substances). In total, 4,352,033 chemical munitions, 107 large-capacity tanks and 927 containers with sarin, soman, VX, mustard gas, and lewisite were liquidated. In January-June 2017, 1,030,193 crimes were registered in Russia, 12.9% less than in the same period of 2016, 39.9% - theft of property, 10.7% - fraud, murders - 5,244. More than 50% of crimes were committed by persons who had committed crimes before, 34.1% - in a state of intoxication. According to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, the highest level of air pollution in Russia is recorded in Krasnoyarsk, Magnitogorsk, Norilsk, Birobidzhan, Blagoveshchensk, Bratsk, and Chita. In total, 15% of the urban population lives in the cities with a high level of air pollution. More notes from Russia »
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