Russians protest pension age rise announced during World Cup

In the middle of the World Cup, thousands of Russians took to the streets to protest the Kremlin’s decision to raise the retirement age. Protests took place Sunday in cities across the country, The Guardian reports. However, no demonstrations occurred in World Cup host cities, as Moscow has a ban on such demonstrations over the course of the tournament. Sunday’s protests were organized by an unusual broad group of opposition forces that included opposition leader Alexei Navalny, as well as communists and other groups that are typically loyal to the Kremlin.


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