A demonstrator holds a poster reading "Children are more important than officials" during a protest against plans to shut down City Hospital No. 31 in St. Petersburg, Russia, Wednesday,

 

              A demonstrator holds a poster reading "Children are more important than officials" during a protest against plans to shut down City Hospital No. 31 in St. Petersburg, Russia, Wednesday,
A demonstrator holds a poster reading "Children are more important than officials" during a protest against plans to shut down City Hospital No. 31 in St. Petersburg, Russia, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013. Some 1,500 thousand people gathered for a rally against plans to shut a clinic specialized in treating children with cancer in order to turn it into a medical center for the nation's top judges. The authorities intention to turn City Hospital No. 31 into a clinic that would exclusively serve judges of Russia's top courts, which are being relocated to St.Petersburg from Moscow, has caused a strong public dismay. On Wednesday, St.Petersburg Governor's office said that the hospital will continue to serve patients as before and there is no plan to change its location or profile. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)