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More than 800 detained in Russia protests

IANS  |  Moscow 

Police in 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, reported.

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

The crackdown was heaviest in Russia's second largest city, St. Petersburg, according to independent and OVD-Info, a non-profit that monitors detentions.

The group said at least 354 people were detained in the city.

Images from the protests quickly went viral.

A confirmed to 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

Protests organised by Navalny have become a vehicle for expressing discontent with Russian and government corruption.

Putin's ratings remain consistently high but have been dented by the pension controversy.



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First Published: Mon, September 10 2018. 09:08 IST