Moscow, Publish Date: Sep 10 2018
Police in Russia detained at least 839 people in nationwide protests against a proposed government pension overhaul, a Russian independent monitoring group said.
Protesters gathered in cities across the country on Sunday to rally against a government proposal to raise the country’s retirement age, CNN reported.
The crackdown was heaviest in Russia’s second largest city, St. Petersburg, according to independent local media and OVD-Info, a non-profit that monitors detentions.
The group said at least 354 people were detained in the city.
A photographer confirmed to CNN that he had captured two particularly arresting images: the detention of a school-age boy and an older pensioner.
TV Rain, an independent television channel, said one of its correspondents was hit with a baton as police broke up protests in Moscow.
Protests organised by Navalny have become a vehicle for expressing discontent with Russian President Vladimir Putin and government corruption.
Putin’s ratings remain consistently high but have been dented by the pension controversy. ( IANS )