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Russia shelves plan to shut child cancer clinic

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia — The intention to turn a St. Petersburg clinic treating child cancer patients into one exclusively serving judges and staff of Russia’s highest courts spread public dismay, and more than 100,000 people signed a petition to President Vladimir Putin, a city native, urging him to scrap the plan to change City Hospital No. 31. Among those who signed were prominent figures from the worlds of art and sciences.

It appears the government will bow to public pressure, a rarity in Russian politics, and shelve the plan.

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The St. Petersburg governor’s office said Wednesday the hospital would continue to treat the patients.

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