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‘COCKROACHES IN THE WARD’

Russia is trying to rebrand itself as a resurgent superpower. But its health care system is frighteningly bad and getting worse

@marcbennetts1

DOUBLE RED CROSS: Russian citizens are entitled to free universal health care... and are required to take out private medical insurance.
V ALERY SHARIFULIN/TASS/GETTY

IT WAS LATE at night when Hanna Rún, a 26-year-old ballroom dancing champion from Iceland, woke up with searing chest pains in Penza, a city some 400 miles southeast of Moscow. Alarmed by her worsening condition, her Russian in-laws did what anyone else would do they called an ambulance.

Rún would soon wish they hadn’t.

After an ambulance ride down potholed roads, Rún was placed in a hospital ward with moldy walls, filthy sheets and screaming nurses who crudely administered an intravenous drip. In the corridors, patients sat or lay on grimy floors.

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LE FRONT TRUMP: EUROPE COULD BE NEXT If the National Front’s Marine Le Pen wins the French presidential election in May, the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council would be led by Trump, Le Pen, Russia’s Vladimir Putin, China’s Xi Jinping and Britain’s Theresa May, who is ushering the U.K. out of the EU (even though she campaigned, tepidly, for it to remain). With the possible exception of May, none seem thrilled about how the world has worked since the end of the Cold War.
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