The BBC reported in January of 2009:
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The rapid mass privatisation which followed the break up of the Soviet Union fuelled an increase in death rates among men, research suggests.
The UK study blames rapidly rising unemployment resulting from the break-neck speed of reform.
The researchers said their findings should act as a warning to other nations that are beginning to embrace widespread market reform.
The study features online in The Lancet medical journal.
The researchers examined death rates among men of working age in the post-communist countries of eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union between 1989 and 2002.
They conclude that as many as one million working-age men died due to the economic shock of mass privatisation policies.
Following the break up of the old Soviet regime in the early 1990s at least a quarter of large state-owned enterprises were transferred to the private sector in just two years.