More than 800 detained in Russian Federation protests

More than 800 detained in Russian Federation protests

More than 800 detained in Russian Federation protests

Although the numbers were not big, the authorities broke up rallies in Moscow and St Petersburg using the OMON riot police.

"We are all for it being canceled, I mean for this law not to be introduced".

Widespread anger over pension reform across Russian Federation, where scores were detained on Sunday in mass protests against planned increases to the pension age.

The protests were organised by supporters of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who is under administrative arrest for organising an unsanctioned rally in the capital in January.

The results came during September 9 elections across Russian Federation that were held as police detained more than 1,000 people at antigovernment protests.

Putin's trust rating in public opinion polls dropped notably after the proposal was put forward and last month offered some concessions, including dropping the age for women from 63 to 60.

According to OVD-Info, a group that monitors police detentions, some 1,018 were detained across 19 cities on Sunday, with the majority being held in St. Petersburg, Russia's second-largest city.

Protests organised by Navalny have become a vehicle for expressing discontent with Russian President Vladimir Putin and government corruption. The city of Yekaterinburg in the Urals saw the highest number of arrests - 58 in total, the group said.

According to various polls, about 90 percent of Russians oppose the plan to raise the retirement age, and a recent poll by the Levada Center polling agency found that more than 50 percent of Russians say they would participate in protests against it.

In Moscow, where the authorities had rejected an application from Mr. Navalny's supporters to protest, around 2,000 people gathered in the central Pushkin Square, the authorities and Reuters reporters estimated. Analysts said the results of the election were a foregone conclusion, since most of the candidates were loyalists to Mr. Putin or were appointed by city councils under the Kremlin's sway. Average life expectancy for men in Russian Federation is 66 and for women 77.

United Russia also suffered defeats to the Communists in party-list votes for three regional parliaments.

On Tuesday, Russia also warned Google against "meddling" in local elections by hosting Navalny's videos calling for mass protests.

The results had some "rough edges" and they will be dealt with, Putin said during a State Council meeting on Monday in Vladivostok.

The pro-Putin party retained its grip on power in 17 other gubernatorial elections including for mayor of Moscow, where Sergei Sobyanin won 70 percent of the vote on turnout of just 31 percent.

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