Russia’s US envoy Kislyak steps down, his deputy to act as Charg d'Affaires ad interimRussian Politics & Diplomacy July 23, 1:33
Putin greets KamAZ-Master team - winner of Silk Way RallySport July 22, 15:20
Agreements on East Ghouta zone in Syria signed - Defense MinistryWorld July 22, 14:20
PAK FA offers practically unlimited opportunities to pilot - commanderMilitary & Defense July 22, 11:29
Ukraine's National Broadcasting Board issues fine to Public Radio for 0% Urkainian songsWorld July 22, 5:39
Femen movement activists faces 5 years in jail for trying to frustrate summit meetingWorld July 22, 4:38
Russian Deputy PM dismisses allegations he will arrive in Moldova on warplaneRussian Politics & Diplomacy July 22, 2:46
Russian top diplomat shares his impressions from meeting with US leaderRussian Politics & Diplomacy July 21, 20:31
Lavrov bewildered US special services give no facts of Russia’s meddling in US electionRussian Politics & Diplomacy July 21, 19:46
MOSCOW, February 9 (Itar-Tass) — Russian ombudsman for children's rights Pavel Astakhov has called on the health and science ministry to develop urgent programs for prevention of suicides among adolescents.
In recent days two teenage schoolgirls and a youngster have committed suicides in the Moscow region. On February 7 two schoolgirls joined their hands and jumped from the roof of a 16- storied apartment building in Lobnya, a settlement north of Moscow. In a separate incident, late on February 8 a 15- year-old youngster jumped down from the window of his apartment on the 16th floor in the south of Moscow.
Immediately after the tragic incident in which the two schoolgirls died Astakhov urged to begin work for prevention of suicide attempts in Russia. "Our country cannot ignore such a number of suicides. Growing suicides aroused a need for urgent measures taken by the government," Astakhov warned on Thursday, describing the situation, which developed as "extraordinary".
He urged for maximally detailed investigation into every suicide attempt - establishing what caused the suicide - either the situation in the suicide's family, problems at school or relations with the suicide’s classmates. "Children if facing a critical situation should not be left with their problem one-on-one, they need help, above all, from professionals - psychologists and psychiatrists without whom suicide prevention is impossible," Astakhov said.
Russia is in the sixth place in the world in the number of completed suicides after Lithuania, Korea, Kazakhstan, Belarus and Japan, but Russia accounts for the highest number of suicides committed by adolescents. Russia has the worst death rates in Europe caused by youngsters ' suicides, and it is one of the countries with the highest number of children’s suicides in the world.