Google pulls Putin critic Navalny's ads from YouTube

Sergio Conner
September 11, 2018

Police arrested minors and elderly people.

More than 800 protesters were detained in Russian Federation over the weekend as they demonstrated against the plan to raise the retirement age from 60 to 65 for men and from 55 to 60 for women, according to BBC News.

The proposal, which would raise the retirement age from 60 to 65 for men and 55 to 60 for women, is highly unpopular in Russian Federation, boasting a disapproval rating of roughly 80 percent.

The rallies got started in the Far East and Siberia when it still was early morning in Moscow, where a downtown demonstration in the afternoon ended in scuffles when riot police stopped participants from marching to the Kremlin.

OVD-Info specifies that the number of detainees in St. Petersburg and Yekaterinburg is much higher.

The rallies were called by the jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who has capitalized on widespread anger against the reforms. Opposition to it spans the political spectrum.

But Medvedev, the party's formal leader, said that United Russia's success elsewhere in the September 9 elections showed the party "is maintaining its leadership in nearly every legislative body" in Russia.

The demonstrators, predominantly people in their 20s and decades away from retirement, chanted "Russia without Putin" and held signs with messages such as "Putin, when will you go on pension?"

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The group was eventually blocked by police barricades. Some of the protesters then marched through central Moscow before riot police halted them with metal barriers and sometimes rough detentions. The crowd dispersed half an hour later. It's been widely criticized because Russian unions say many men won't even live long enough to claim their pensions.

"The reform is a robbery of my parents and grandparents".

"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.

Yet the ads in question don't appear to be related to the elections.

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

Putin's trust rating in public opinion polls dropped after the proposal was put forward.

However, life expectancy in Russia remains low, at 66 for men and 77 for women, meaning that 43 percent of Russian men are not expected to reach the age of 65, according to data from the World Bank.

"During a telephone conversation Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated Sergei Sobyanin with the victory in the elections of the mayor of Moscow", the press service said.

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