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    PENZA, October 11 (RIA Novosti) - President Vladimir Putin has demanded that laws guaranteeing people's rights to free medical aid be passed as soon as possible.

    "The issue of adopting fundamental laws has been on the agenda for several years now, has been repeatedly postponed," the Russian president said opening a session of the State Council's presidium Tuesday.

    "The time of delays is up," Putin said. "I believe the government and the Federal Assembly [parliament] should pass the necessary laws as soon as possible."

    The president said it was time for an exhaustive study of people's rights to free medical aid.

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