Apr 19, 2007

Leading causes of death in Russia:

cirrosis of the liver, drug resistant TB, AIDS, and now airplane accidents. Frank was right: "Russia is not a viable state."

RFE/RL: If you're planning a plane trip in Russia this summer, you might want to think again. A study released this week by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) shows that Russia and other former Soviet countries are the world's most dangerous places for air travel. The Geneva-based organization estimates that the accident rate for these countries, grouped together in the study, was 8.6 per 1 million flights last year. This is twice the rate of Africa and 13 times the global average for 2006, which was the safest year on record worldwide.

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