Navalny to rally against pension reform in seven cities amid World Cup

Navalny to rally against pension reform in seven cities amid World Cup
In mid-June, the Russian government submitted a bill on the increase in the retirement age to the State Duma

Authorities in Stavropol, Lipetsk, Belgorod, Krasnodar, Khabarovsk, Murmansk and Komsomolsk-on-Amur permitted rallies but offered alternative sites for their holding.

The administrations of seven Russian cities adjusted rallies of oppositionist Alexey Navalny’s supporters against the retirement-age increase, RBC reports.

Authorities in Stavropol, Lipetsk, Belgorod, Krasnodar, Khabarovsk, Murmansk and Komsomolsk-on-Amur permitted rallies but offered alternative sites for their carrying.

In three cities, Novosibirsk, Yaroslavl and Novokuznetsk, Navalny's headquarters faced the refusal. The answers to the remaining applications have not yet been received. In total, Alexey Navalny announced rallies in 20 cities of Russia on July 1, excluding those where the World Cup matches are held.

In mid-June, the Russian government submitted a bill on the increase in the retirement age to the State Duma: for men from 60 to 65 years by 2028; for women - from 55 to 63 years up to 2034. The reform in Russia has to result in pension increment.

The bill provoked discontent among all parliamentary parties, except for United Russia, trade union organizations, and non-system opposition. As reported by the Vedomosti newspaper, the Presidential Administration is closely following the reaction of the population to the proposed reform, fearing possible protests.

On June 21, the Moscow Mayor's office refuted three pallies, the applicants of which were the Libertarian Party of Russia, the Yabloko party, and the Left Front movement. This decision was motivated by the decree of the President, according to which a particular procedure for holding mass actions is introduced for the time of the World Cup (from June 14 to July 15).

The Confederation of Labor of Russia, the second largest union in the country, filed more than 50 applications for rallies against pension reform. According to the Confederation of Labor of Russia President Boris Kravchenko, applications for street actions in four cities have already been endorsed. The petition on the change.org website against retirement-age increase has collected more than two million votes.

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