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From 2003 to 2016, according to The World Health Organization, alcohol consumption per capita in Russia decreased by 43%. In 2003-2018, mortality from all causes decreased by 39% among men and 36% among women, the average life expectancy reached a historic maximum: almost 68 years for men and 78 years for women. According to the insurance company Rosgosstrakh Life and Otkritie Bank, 59% of Russians don't make savings. Of those who do it, most keep savings in cash (59%) or in banks (30%), 9% invest in financial instruments. At the end of 2018, the average per capita income of Russians was about 33,000 rubles per month (500 USD). According to the Ministry of Nature, Russia ranks 4th in the world in terms of carbon dioxide emissions. In 2017, China was the leader - 27.6%, followed by the US (15.2%), India (7.0%), Russia (4.6%), Japan (3.5%). 2018 was the ninth warmest year for Russia since 1936 - the averaged average annual air temperature anomaly was +1.58 degrees Celsius. According to VCIOM, 48% of Russians have never played video games, and 33% have stopped playing. 19% play video games - 5 hours a week on average. Most often, Russians prefer to play on a smartphone (48%) or a personal computer (41%). Playing video games is most popular among people aged 18-24 years (40%) and 25-34 years (25%). According to the Institute for the Economy of Growth, a technical recession in the economy of Russia can be recorded this year. In the first half of 2019, the number of employees of small and medium enterprises decreased by 1.6% (more than 257,000 people), the number of such enterprises decreased by 7-8% (18,200 small and 1,500 medium enterprises). More notes from Russia »
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