Published: Tue, September 11, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Scores detained in Russian pension protests

Scores detained in Russian pension protests

The pulled videos showed Navalny calling for Russians to demonstrate in the country to protest a plan to raise the nation's retirement age, BBC News reported.

Navalny didn't take part in the protests, as he's now serving a 30-day sentence for violating public demonstration laws. The interior ministry was cited by the Interfax news agency as saying police had made around 100 detentions in St Petersburg and "several" in Moscow.

Almost 300 protesters were detained and some beaten with batons, the rights monitoring group OVD-info says, according to the BBC. The announcement three months ago led to a drop in the president's popularity ratings by 15 points, to its lowest point since Russia's occupation of Crimea...

Earlier this year, it banned ads targeting voters in the Republic of Ireland's referendum on abortion. Navalny said the move was created to derail the protests.

One man also far from pension age is Dmitry Artyukhov, who has become Russia's youngest governor at the tender age of 30.

Some of them chanted "Russia will be free" and "Putin is a thief" as riot police looked on and ordered them to disperse or face prosecution. Police arrested minors and elderly people. The protests took a violent turn as protesters tried to march towards parliament and were beaten back by police.

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He said the protests had nothing to do with the elections and highlighted that Google took down the ads in various regions, even if they didn't have elections scheduled for Sunday. "I want a better life for myself and my children".

Russia's ruling United Russia Party suffered a rare setback in regional elections despite winning most of the seats, a reversal its leaders and election chiefs blamed on unpopular plans to raise the pension age.

Russian men have a life expectancy of 66 while for women it is 77, the World Health Organization says. Opinion polls put Navalny's support in the single digits, but backers note he won nearly a third of the vote in a 2013 Moscow mayoral race, and believe he could give Putin a run for his money if ever allowed to run against him on a level playing field.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has congratulated Incumbent Mayor of Moscow Sergei Sobyanin with his victory in the mayoral elections, held in the Russian capital on Sunday, the press service of the presidential administration announced on Monday.

Mr. Putin makes a point of never mentioning Mr. Navalny by name but has suggested he is Washington's pick for the Russian presidency.

Putin previously served as the leader of United Russia and ran on the party's ticket in the 2012 presidential election.

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