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Cracks In The Facade

High energy prices have filled Russia's coffers with billions of dollars in oil and gas profits. But this vast wealth has yet to trickle down to the lives of ordinary citizens. As Russia prepares for a season of presidential transition, the issue occupying many residents is not politics, but safety, health, and long-term stability. In a special series, RFE/RL looks at the profound social challenges that could ultimately prove a political liability for the Kremlin.