Thousands Of Russians Protest Proposed Government Pension Reforms

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Mr Navalny is serving a 30-day jail sentence connected with an unsanctioned protest in January unrelated to the pension proposal, which was introduced in June.

Mr Putin's ratings have taken a hit by around 15%, resulting in the most unpopular government measure since a 2005 move to scrap Soviet-era benefits which triggered the nationwide pensioner protests.

Opponents of the pension reforms, which envisage raising the retirement age for men to 65 from 60 and to 60 from 55 for women, staged protests across Russian Federation as voting took place.

After an immediate backlash from the public, Putin agreed to decrease the new retirement age for women to 60. Police arrested minors and elderly people. But some of the protesters started marching toward the Kremlin before riot police halted them with metal barriers and sometimes rough detentions.

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The proposals have been heavily criticised by Russia's usually subservient press, with Moskovski Komsomolets, a popular Moscow newspaper, describing them as the "most unsafe and risky reform of President Putin's 20-year rule".

According to further reports, the number of those detained exceeded 800. He added that "hooligans and provocateurs" mixed up with protesters and assailed police. Police in the video are seen trying to carry away a person by force.

Demonstrations also took place in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk on a Pacific island and in Kaliningrad, the Russian exclave between Poland and Lithuania.

Navalny's offices were raided the day before the protests and everyone there was briefly detained. He said this was created to prevent him from leading Sunday's protests.

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Popular opposition leader Yevgeny Roizman, who is a former mayor of Yekaterinburg, said on Twitter that a younger generation took the lead because middle-aged Russians were too scared to protest. In St. Petersburg, the crowd appeared to exceed 1,000.

People hold a poster reading "Pension reform" during a Communist Party rally protesting retirement-age hikes in St. Petersburg on September 2. So, in 20 Russian cities from September 5 to September 9 morning was arrested 50 people. The ruling party also lost seats in some regional parliaments to members of the Communist Party and the Liberal Democratic Party of Russian Federation, the news agencies reported, citing election officials.

The results had some "rough edges" and they will be dealt with, Putin said during a State Council meeting on Monday in Vladivostok. "They will do what they can to get protest voters to stay home".

Sobyanin's supporters say he has transformed Moscow with billion-dollar renovation projects that include a showpiece central park and new pedestrian areas along with a string of new metro stations.

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