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Bleaker outlook for Russian palliative-care patients

Economic crunch puts treatment and pain drugs out of reach for many patients, who have also become collateral damage in government's intensifying war against drug trafficking

Nakhabino, Russia

FOR the five years that doctors have battled the cancerous tumour pressing on her son's spine, Elena Knyazeva has faced an ever-harder struggle to help him weather the pain.

Diagnosed with virulent neuroblastoma at four months, Artyom - now five years old - has