Welfare cuts are taking their toll on people with disability in Russia

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Dmitry Medvedev meets with participants of the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games in Moscow.

Welfare cuts are taking their toll on people with disability in Russia


Marina Nizhegorodova has a son with hormonal imbalances that prevent his body from retaining salt; she is spearheading a campaign against disability cuts that would undermine her family’s ability to deal effectively with child’s chronic condition.

Given a 3,7% drop in Russian GDP in 2015, the government is introducing cuts that will affect an estimated 500,000 people. Russia’s Ministry of Labour introduced a new eligibility benchmark, reducing the population entitled to a €180 disab...


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