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Russians protest pension changes

A serviceman of the Russian National Guard beats a protester during a rally against planned increases to the nationwide pension age in Moscow, Russia September 9, 2018. Russian police detained more than 800 people protesting against planned increases to the pension age on Sunday, a rights group said, disrupting demonstrations against an unpopular change that has hurt President Vladimir Putin's approval rating.

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A serviceman of the Russian National Guard beats a protester during a rally against planned increases to the nationwide pension age in Moscow, Russia September 9, 2018. Russian police detained more than 800 people protesting against planned increases...more

A serviceman of the Russian National Guard beats a protester during a rally against planned increases to the nationwide pension age in Moscow, Russia September 9, 2018. Russian police detained more than 800 people protesting against planned increases to the pension age on Sunday, a rights group said, disrupting demonstrations against an unpopular change that has hurt President Vladimir Putin's approval rating. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin
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A protester carries a poster reading "Thief" and depicting Russian President Vladimir Putin during a rally against planned increases to the nationwide pension age in St. Petersburg, Russia September 9, 2018. The protests, organized by jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny and his supporters, were a challenge to the authorities who were hoping for a high turnout at regional elections also being held on Sunday, despite anger over the pension move.

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A protester carries a poster reading "Thief" and depicting Russian President Vladimir Putin during a rally against planned increases to the nationwide pension age in St. Petersburg, Russia September 9, 2018. The protests, organized by jailed...more

A protester carries a poster reading "Thief" and depicting Russian President Vladimir Putin during a rally against planned increases to the nationwide pension age in St. Petersburg, Russia September 9, 2018. The protests, organized by jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny and his supporters, were a challenge to the authorities who were hoping for a high turnout at regional elections also being held on Sunday, despite anger over the pension move. REUTERS/Anton Vaganov
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Police officers detain a protester during a rally against planned increases to the nationwide pension age in St. Petersburg, Russia September 9, 2018. Footage of the protests, which were held in more than 80 towns and cities, showed the police sometimes using force to disperse rallies, beating participants with batons and dragging them away. The authorities refused to authorize most of the meetings, declaring them illegal.

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Police officers detain a protester during a rally against planned increases to the nationwide pension age in St. Petersburg, Russia September 9, 2018. Footage of the protests, which were held in more than 80 towns and cities, showed the police...more

Police officers detain a protester during a rally against planned increases to the nationwide pension age in St. Petersburg, Russia September 9, 2018. Footage of the protests, which were held in more than 80 towns and cities, showed the police sometimes using force to disperse rallies, beating participants with batons and dragging them away. The authorities refused to authorize most of the meetings, declaring them illegal. REUTERS/Anton Vaganov
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Police officers block a street during a rally against planned increases to the nationwide pension age in St. Petersburg, Russia, September 9, 2018. OVD-Info, a rights organization that monitors detentions, said 839 people had been detained by police on Sunday in 33 cities, including some of Navalny's closest aides.

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Police officers block a street during a rally against planned increases to the nationwide pension age in St. Petersburg, Russia, September 9, 2018. OVD-Info, a rights organization that monitors detentions, said 839 people had been detained by police...more

Police officers block a street during a rally against planned increases to the nationwide pension age in St. Petersburg, Russia, September 9, 2018. OVD-Info, a rights organization that monitors detentions, said 839 people had been detained by police on Sunday in 33 cities, including some of Navalny's closest aides. REUTERS/Anton Vaganov
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A man carries a girl as he walks past police officers blocking a street during a rally against planned increases to the nationwide pension age in Moscow, Russia September 9, 2018. It said most of the detentions - 354 - had been made in St Petersburg where authorities had initially authorized a rally before reversing the decision. The interior ministry was cited by the Interfax news agency as saying police had made around 100 detentions in St Petersburg and "several" in Moscow.

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A man carries a girl as he walks past police officers blocking a street during a rally against planned increases to the nationwide pension age in Moscow, Russia September 9, 2018. It said most of the detentions - 354 - had been made in St Petersburg...more

A man carries a girl as he walks past police officers blocking a street during a rally against planned increases to the nationwide pension age in Moscow, Russia September 9, 2018. It said most of the detentions - 354 - had been made in St Petersburg where authorities had initially authorized a rally before reversing the decision. The interior ministry was cited by the Interfax news agency as saying police had made around 100 detentions in St Petersburg and "several" in Moscow. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin
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Police officers detain an elderly man during a rally against planned increases to the nationwide pension age in St. Petersburg, Russia September 9, 2018. The proposed pension changes, which are currently going through parliament, have shaved around 15 percentage points off Putin's popularity rating and are the most unpopular government measure since a 2005 move to scrap Soviet-era benefits.

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Police officers detain an elderly man during a rally against planned increases to the nationwide pension age in St. Petersburg, Russia September 9, 2018. The proposed pension changes, which are currently going through parliament, have shaved around...more

Police officers detain an elderly man during a rally against planned increases to the nationwide pension age in St. Petersburg, Russia September 9, 2018. The proposed pension changes, which are currently going through parliament, have shaved around 15 percentage points off Putin's popularity rating and are the most unpopular government measure since a 2005 move to scrap Soviet-era benefits. REUTERS/Anton Vaganov
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Protesters climb on lamp poles during a rally against planned increases to the nationwide pension age in Moscow, Russia September 9, 2018. REUTERS/Grigory Dukor

Protesters climb on lamp poles during a rally against planned increases to the nationwide pension age in Moscow, Russia September 9, 2018. REUTERS/Grigory Dukor

Protesters climb on lamp poles during a rally against planned increases to the nationwide pension age in Moscow, Russia September 9, 2018. REUTERS/Grigory Dukor
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Police officers detain a protester during a rally against planned increases to the nationwide pension age in Krasnodar, Russia September 9, 2018. REUTERS/Natalya Kazhan

Police officers detain a protester during a rally against planned increases to the nationwide pension age in Krasnodar, Russia September 9, 2018. REUTERS/Natalya Kazhan

Police officers detain a protester during a rally against planned increases to the nationwide pension age in Krasnodar, Russia September 9, 2018. REUTERS/Natalya Kazhan
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Vladimir Zhirinovsky, leader of the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia (LDPR), gestures during a rally against planned increases to the nationwide pension age in Moscow, Russia September 9, 2018. REUTERS/Grigory Dukor

Vladimir Zhirinovsky, leader of the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia (LDPR), gestures during a rally against planned increases to the nationwide pension age in Moscow, Russia September 9, 2018. REUTERS/Grigory Dukor

Vladimir Zhirinovsky, leader of the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia (LDPR), gestures during a rally against planned increases to the nationwide pension age in Moscow, Russia September 9, 2018. REUTERS/Grigory Dukor
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Police officers detain a protester during a rally against planned increases to the nationwide pension age in Moscow, Russia September 9, 2018. REUTERS/Grigory Dukor

Police officers detain a protester during a rally against planned increases to the nationwide pension age in Moscow, Russia September 9, 2018. REUTERS/Grigory Dukor

Police officers detain a protester during a rally against planned increases to the nationwide pension age in Moscow, Russia September 9, 2018. REUTERS/Grigory Dukor
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A woman looks at servicemen of the Russian National Guard blocking a street during a rally against planned increases to the nationwide pension age in St. Petersburg, Russia September 9, 2018. REUTERS/Anton Vaganov

A woman looks at servicemen of the Russian National Guard blocking a street during a rally against planned increases to the nationwide pension age in St. Petersburg, Russia September 9, 2018. REUTERS/Anton Vaganov

A woman looks at servicemen of the Russian National Guard blocking a street during a rally against planned increases to the nationwide pension age in St. Petersburg, Russia September 9, 2018. REUTERS/Anton Vaganov
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Police officers chase protesters during a rally against planned increases to the nationwide pension age in Moscow, Russia September 9, 2018. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

Police officers chase protesters during a rally against planned increases to the nationwide pension age in Moscow, Russia September 9, 2018. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

Police officers chase protesters during a rally against planned increases to the nationwide pension age in Moscow, Russia September 9, 2018. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin
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Police officers block a street during a rally against planned increases to the nationwide pension age in Moscow, Russia September 9, 2018. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

Police officers block a street during a rally against planned increases to the nationwide pension age in Moscow, Russia September 9, 2018. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

Police officers block a street during a rally against planned increases to the nationwide pension age in Moscow, Russia September 9, 2018. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin
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Protesters attend a rally against planned increases to the nationwide pension age, next to the monument to Russian poet Alexander Pushkin, in Moscow, Russia September 9, 2018. REUTERS/Grigory Dukor

Protesters attend a rally against planned increases to the nationwide pension age, next to the monument to Russian poet Alexander Pushkin, in Moscow, Russia September 9, 2018. REUTERS/Grigory Dukor

Protesters attend a rally against planned increases to the nationwide pension age, next to the monument to Russian poet Alexander Pushkin, in Moscow, Russia September 9, 2018. REUTERS/Grigory Dukor
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Police officers detain a protester during a rally against planned increases to the nationwide pension age in Moscow, Russia September 9, 2018. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

Police officers detain a protester during a rally against planned increases to the nationwide pension age in Moscow, Russia September 9, 2018. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

Police officers detain a protester during a rally against planned increases to the nationwide pension age in Moscow, Russia September 9, 2018. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin
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Protesters attend a rally against planned increases to the nationwide pension age in St. Petersburg, Russia September 9, 2018. REUTERS/Anton Vaganov

Protesters attend a rally against planned increases to the nationwide pension age in St. Petersburg, Russia September 9, 2018. REUTERS/Anton Vaganov

Protesters attend a rally against planned increases to the nationwide pension age in St. Petersburg, Russia September 9, 2018. REUTERS/Anton Vaganov
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Police officers detain a protester during a rally against planned increases to the nationwide pension age in St. Petersburg, Russia September 9, 2018. REUTERS/Anton Vaganov

Police officers detain a protester during a rally against planned increases to the nationwide pension age in St. Petersburg, Russia September 9, 2018. REUTERS/Anton Vaganov

Police officers detain a protester during a rally against planned increases to the nationwide pension age in St. Petersburg, Russia September 9, 2018. REUTERS/Anton Vaganov
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Protesters attend a rally against planned increases to the nationwide pension age in Moscow, Russia September 9, 2018. REUTERS/Grigory Dukor

Protesters attend a rally against planned increases to the nationwide pension age in Moscow, Russia September 9, 2018. REUTERS/Grigory Dukor

Protesters attend a rally against planned increases to the nationwide pension age in Moscow, Russia September 9, 2018. REUTERS/Grigory Dukor
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Protesters hold a poster reading "Plan of Putin - genocide of the people" in front of police officers blocking a street during a rally against planned increases to the nationwide pension age in St. Petersburg, Russia September 9, 2018. REUTERS/Anton Vaganov

Protesters hold a poster reading "Plan of Putin - genocide of the people" in front of police officers blocking a street during a rally against planned increases to the nationwide pension age in St. Petersburg, Russia September 9, 2018. REUTERS/Anton...more

Protesters hold a poster reading "Plan of Putin - genocide of the people" in front of police officers blocking a street during a rally against planned increases to the nationwide pension age in St. Petersburg, Russia September 9, 2018. REUTERS/Anton Vaganov
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Police officers detain a protester during a rally against planned increases to the nationwide pension age in St. Petersburg, Russia September 9, 2018. REUTERS/Anton Vaganov

Police officers detain a protester during a rally against planned increases to the nationwide pension age in St. Petersburg, Russia September 9, 2018. REUTERS/Anton Vaganov

Police officers detain a protester during a rally against planned increases to the nationwide pension age in St. Petersburg, Russia September 9, 2018. REUTERS/Anton Vaganov
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