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Tuesday, August 03, 2004

Putin slashes Soviet-era benefits

August 03, 2004
Russian President Vladimir Putin's public approval ratings have plummeted since he began abolishing Soviet-era free services, The Washington Post reports.

Putin has targeted such benefits as free public transportation, free medication and cut-rate vacations for retirees, war veterans and people deemed "socially vulnerable" by the former Soviet Union, which crumbled in 1991. FR Reprint.

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