Soviet Divorce Rate Alarming, Report Says

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The Soviet Union's divorce rate is showing an "alarming increase," with only 37% of marriages surviving three years and 70% breaking up within a decade, the Moskovskaya Pravda newspaper said Sunday.

The number of divorces in the Soviet Union, which has a population of 275 million, has risen from 636,200 in 1981 to nearly 1 million in 1983, the last year for which full statistics for divorce and marriage are available, the report said.

By comparison, the overall divorce rate in the United States was about 50% in 1985, according to recent statistics.

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