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Russian Protests over Welfare Changes

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Russian Protests over Welfare Changes

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Russian Protests over Welfare Changes

Russian Protests over Welfare Changes

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Russians protested across the country in response to a law that took effect this month, giving cash stipends instead of welfare benefits such as free medicine. Pensioners and veterans angered over the cutoffs clogged streets and paralyzed traffic in St. Petersburg, hometown to President Vladimir Putin, for a second day. Demonstrations have also spread to other Russian cities.