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Russian Duma Rejects No-Confidence Motion

9 February 2005 -- Russia's parliament today turned down a vote of no confidence in the government.

Only 112 deputies in the 450-seat State Duma, the lower house of parliament, supported the no-confidence vote.

Opposition groups had pushed for the vote after controversial social welfare reforms triggered massive street protests.

The Kremlin-sponsored reforms replaced social benefits such as free public transport and subsidized medicines with cash payments.

Today's vote came after Prime Minister Mikhail Fradkov accepted responsibility for the controversial reform.