Thousands Of Russians Protest Proposed Government Pension Reforms

Thousands Of Russians Protest Proposed Government Pension Reforms

Thousands Of Russians Protest Proposed Government Pension Reforms

A rights group says almost 300 protesters, including some close allies of jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny, were detained by Russian police.

In total 14 arrests over the decisions of administrative arrests, one person was detained in the criminal case.

MOSCOW-The fate of more than 1,000 people who were detained during nationwide antigovernment protests was still unclear on Monday, a day after Russians went to the polls in regional elections.

Protesters gathered in cities across the country on Sunday to rally against a government proposal to raise the country's retirement age, CNN reported.

Five people were arrested in Saint Petersburg, two in Moscow, 44 in the Siberian city of Omsk and dozens more in rallies elsewhere, OVD-info said mid-afternoon.

Pension reforms have caused widespread public anger, and Mr Navalny's supporters have planned rallies in more than 80 cities to capitalise on this.

"The state should have found the money it needed in the budget or through fighting corruption", 19-year-old Yegor Zhukov said at the St. Petersburg protest.

The issue has galvanized citizens and initially hurt the popularity of President Vladimir Putin, who in August sought to quell the discontent by suggesting amendments to dilute the proposal. Protests organized by the Communist Party were held across Russian Federation earlier this month.

More news: Nadal feeling fortunate after edging Thiem in thriller

They've been called the most unpopular government measure since a 2005 move to do away Soviet-era benefits, which led to a similar backlash.

Putin, who is 65, has attested that the pension age should be raised to 60 for women and 65 for men because there is an escalating burden on the pension system.

In Moscow, however, authorities have implemented an aggressive get-out-the-vote campaign, including promises of free concert tickets to voters and setting up polling stations outside of the city to enable voters spending the summer at their dachas to participate.

Oreshkin said, however, that there is so far little danger to Putin's power despite the unpopularity of the pension reform. Average life expectancy for men is 66 and for women 77.

Officers held dozens more as protests kicked off in eastern Russian Federation and Siberia, with demonstrations set to take place in Saint Petersburg and Moscow in the afternoon.

In the Moscow mayoral election, incumbent Mayor Sergei Sobyanin won with 70 percent of the votes.

Four candidates from Russia's ruling United Russia party have failed to secure first-round victories in gubernatorial elections over the weekend and will now face their respective challengers in a runoff.

Related news

[an error occurred while processing the directive]