Across Russia, pensioners are protesting about reforms that will remove many of the benefits they currently enjoy, such as free transport and subsidised accommodation and fuel, replacing them with cash allowances that they consider inadequate compensation for what they will lose. This protest is the most visible manifestation of a wide-ranging programme of reform being undertaken by President Vladmir Putin as he seeks to tackle the deep-seated problems facing the country.
The Lancet, 365 (9464), 1012-1014 pp. [doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(05)71120-X]
Reforming the Russian health-care system.