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“Russian Opposition Leader Detained in Moscow
August 25, 2018 12:45 PM, by VOA News
Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been detained in Moscow, just two months after his release from prison for organizing protests against the government of President Vladimir Putin.
A spokeswoman for Navalny said Saturday the reason for the detention is unclear that and he was being held at the Danilovsky police station.
Navalny had posted on his blog Saturday that protests against the Putin government would take place September 9 in Moscow and “almost a hundred other cities.” The protests were against Putin’s pension reform plans.
September 9 is also the date of Moscow’s mayoral election.
Navalny’s spokeswoman, Kira Yarmysh, told radio station Ekho Moskvy that Navalny’s
seizure by authorities is “probably linked” to the protest plans.
Navalny has faced a string of charges for his opposition activism. In March, he was barred from running in the country’s presidential election because of his criminal record.” https://www.voanews.com/a/russian-opposition-leader-detained-in-moscow/4544096.html
“Alexei Navalny detained after call for national day of protest
Russian opposition leader’s arrest follows anger over Kremlin’s plans to raise the state pension age ” https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/aug/25/alexei-navalny-detained-national-pension-protest
Life expectancy for Russian men is 66.5 years, and Russia wants to increase retirement age to 65 years.
“Much of the anger is fuelled by the fact that the current life expectancy for men in Russia is just 66.5 years.” See: “Anger in Russia over move to raise pension age beyond life expectancy Newsletter: A closer look at the day’s most notable stories“, by Jonathon Gatehouse · CBC News · Posted: Aug 03, 2018 https://www.cbc.ca/news/thenational/national-today-newsletter-russia-pension-protests-1.4773045