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Mikhail Zurabov believes that his resignation will not solve the problem of implementing the benefit payments law
Russia's Health and Social Development Minister Mikhail Zurabov believes that his resignation will not solve the problem of implementing the benefit payments law. "If enforcement prospects of some or other law are connected with the resignation or employment of any one person, this should be done at once. But you know that this is not so," the minister said, replying to the question of his possible resignation in an Izvestia interview published on Friday. In the view of Zurabov, whose dismissal is demanded both at the State Duma and at public rallies, all the dissatisfaction is due to the fact that "the concrete size of compensations was poorly guessed". "But this is not a matter of principle: whether it should be done, or not. It is a matter of fine-tuning the system," the minister emphasized. Zurabov also said that his parents, second-category invalids, have the right to free medicine, and they have already received "massive" payments. "If the law had been discriminatory against them, they would not have forgiven me this," the minister said. He recalled that in April 2004 he had personally "submitted the bill, in which all benefit recipients had federal status". But then, according to Zurabov, this draft was not supported. "In effect, this is a test of our ability to live in a federative state. The first month of enforcement of law No. 122 showed that we are not able to live in such a state," the minister noted. On the day before, State Duma speaker Boris Gryzlov said that the lower house of the Russian parliament may examine the question of dismissing Zurabov early in March
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