NEWS
20/03/2012 11:28 GMT | Updated 20/03/2012 11:33 GMT

Anastasia Khoreva Dead, 105-year-old Russian Who Survived Two World Wars Commits Suicide

A 105-year-old woman who survived the Russian Revolution and two world wars has committed suicide.

Anastasia Khoreva told her family she was tired of waiting to die shortly before hanging herself, The Sun reported.

The pensioner, from Darsun, Russia, had been depressed after suffering a lung infection.

A family member said: “It’s a strange thing to do at her time of life but she used to say she was fed up with waiting for death – so she wanted to go and meet it.”

Last year experts warned the number of Russians committing suicide was dangerously high.

In 2010, the suicide rate was 23.5 per 100,000 people, the sixth highest in the world. It hit a peak of 42 per 100,000 during the 1990s, following the breakup of the Soviet Union.

A recent UNICEF report stated the country has the third highest suicide rate among teenagers aged 15-19 , with around 1,500 taking their own lives every year.

The highest rates are in neighbouring Belarus and Kazakhstan.

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