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despread anger over pension reform across Russia where scores were detained on Sunday in mass protests against planned increases to the pension age. A rights group says nearly 300 protesters, including some close allies of jailed opposition leader Alexy Navalny were detained by Russian police. Navalny was jailed last month, after orchestrating plans to lead Sunday's protest in Moscow.
says it was an attempt to thwart protests across dozens of Russian cities, including Moscow and Saint Petersburg. Protestors say the planned reform places a strain on families trying to plan for the future.>> We're all for it being cancelled, I mean, for this law not to be introduced.
>> The proposed changes making through their way through Parliament have reduced the popularity rating of Russian President Vladimir Putin. They've been called the most unpopular government measure since a 2005 move to do away with Soviet-era benefits, which led to a similar backlash. The protests dealt a blow to authorities hoping for high voter turnout at regional elections also being held on Sunday.