In discussions about the current situation in Europe, sometimes also in supposedly nationalist circles, one can notice statements that Russia is a stronghold of Christianity and morality, especially compared to ‘’rotten’’ Western Europe. Latvian saying goes that paper bears anything, so let’s compare measurable things. Let’s say, four specific and important morality measures:
- other murders;
Measurement units will be:
- for abortions — number of artificial abortions, compared to number of births;
- for other murders — number of murders per 100 000 population;
- for divorces — number of divorces, compared to number of marriages;
- for alcoholism — yearly consumption of pure alcohol per capita (age 15+) in litres;
The most appropriate country to compare with Russia is Germany. First, it has the largest population in Europe, second, it has been mentioned as iconic case of rot and decadence.
So, what we get?
Indeed, what a stronghold of morality Russia is!