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[Comment] Health of Russian people after 100 years of turbulent history

To mark the centenary of the 1917 Russian October Revolution (Nov 7–8 by the Gregorian calendar, which Russia adopted on Feb 14, 1918), we publish eight essays1–8 that examine the current state of health and the health system in light of Russia’s key historical events (panel). The essays largely paint a grim picture of current approaches and health outcomes with a glimmer of hope that some enlightened politicians and health professionals in the country and some in the Russian population itself could be ready for change.