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Tuva worst for life expectancy in Russia, despite its pristine mountain air and lack of pollution

By The Siberian Times reporter
29 June 2017

Three regions east of the country have the shortest lives, according to new official statistics.

Males live on average shorter lives than in Burundi, Congo and Malawi. Picture: The Siberian Times

The average age of men in the Tuva republic in southern Siberia is a shocking 56.63, show the latest figures. 

Males live on average shorter lives than in Burundi, Congo and Malawi.

The most famous living Tuvan, Russian defence minister Sergei Shoigu, is now 62, more than five years older than the male average. 

Three regions east of the country have the shortest lives, according to new official statistics. 


Three regions east of the country have the shortest lives, according to new official statistics. 
Tuvan men. Pictures: The Siberian Times


Women in the region live to a mean age of 61.79 and the average for both sexes is 61.79, the lowest in Russia. 

The republic has the seventh lowest population density in Russia, and is known for pollution-free mountain air, virgin forests and gushing rivers. 

Chukotka, where men live to 58.84 and women 66.62, has the second lowest life expectancy, averaging 62.32.

Next lowest is the Jewish Autonomous region in the Russian Far East, with men living to 59.49 and women to 71.35, an average of 65.20.

Three regions east of the country have the shortest lives, according to new official statistics. 


Three regions east of the country have the shortest lives, according to new official statistics. 


Three regions east of the country have the shortest lives, according to new official statistics. 


Three regions east of the country have the shortest lives, according to new official statistics. 


Three regions east of the country have the shortest lives, according to new official statistics. 
Tuva, the land of shamans. Pictures: The Siberian Times


In contrast, the mountainous regions of the Caucasus - Ingushetia and Dagestan come out on top with average life expectancy of 80.8 and 77.2 respectively. 

In Moscow, the average is 77.

Long-livers of Ingushetia. Pictures: Timur Agitov, KavToday

Three regions east of the country have the shortest lives, according to new official statistics. 


Three regions east of the country have the shortest lives, according to new official statistics. 


Three regions east of the country have the shortest lives, according to new official statistics. 

Comments (2)

The reason is alcohol and tobacco ( an American sponsered habit!) consumption , Mr. W. Burke.
William McLean, Copenhagen
02/07/2017 15:57
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Did the Soviets bury their nuclear waste in Tuva? There is a hidden reason of some sort.
William Burke, Richmond, USA
01/07/2017 03:48
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