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Moscow mayor taking controversial Russian benefits law to court

[JURIST] Moscow mayor Yuri Luzhkov [MosNews profile] said Wednesday that he will ask the Russian Constitutional Court [official website] to overturn portions of the country's controversial law canceling many welfare benefits [AP report] and replacing them with cash payments. The reform, which affects medical, housing and transportation benefits, has been met with widespread protests [JURIST report; additional JURIST report] by Russian citizens who are calling for a return to the Soviet system of state benefits. MosNews has more.

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