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‘Corruption is stealing our pensions’ Photos of Russia's September 9 police crackdown on nationwide protests against raising the retirement age

On Sunday, September 9, supporters of the anti-corruption activist Alexey Navalny staged protests across Russia against the government’s plans to raise the country’s retirement age. In many places, demonstrators marched where local elections were taking place for city council members, mayors, and governors. Most of the protests did not have permits from town officials, and police arrested hundreds of demonstrators nationwide. Some cities even witnessed violent clashes between law enforcement and activists. Meduza presents the following photos from rallies across the country.


Novosibirsk

Valery Titievsky / Kommersant

Novosibirsk

Valery Titievsky / Kommersant

Voronezh. (Sign reads, “Our pensions are going to good causes.”)

Oleg Kharseev / Kommersant

Yekaterinburg

Anna Moiorova / URA.RU / TASS

Yekaterinburg. (Sign reads, “Cut the hypocrisy and list at last to the people of Russia!”)

Anna Moiorova / URA.RU / TASS

Yekaterinburg

Vladislav Lonshakov / Kommersant

Perm

Timur Abasov

Perm

Timur Abasov

Samara

Anar Movsumov

This photo and lost that follow are from Moscow. Signs read, “Sechin is a thief,” “Down with the tsar,” “Putin, start with yourself,” and more.

Vitaly Kavtaradze for Meduza

Vitaly Kavtaradze for Meduza

Sign reads, “When Putin speaks Navalny's name on TV, Russians will briefly rise from their knees to applaud!”

Vitaly Kavtaradze for Meduza

Yuri Kochetkov / EPA / Scanpix / LETA

Mikhail Pochuev / TASS / Scanpix / LETA

Main sign reads, “Corruption is stealing pensions”

Vitaly Kavtaradze for Meduza

Vitaly Kavtaradze for Meduza

Vitaly Kavtaradze for Meduza

Vitaly Kavtaradze for Meduza

This photo and those at follow are from St. Petersburg

Valentin Egorshin

Valentin Egorshin

Valentin Egorshin

Valentin Egorshin

Anton Vaganov / Reuters / Scanpix / LETA

(The man dressed as a knight was later detained by police, as well.)

Valentin Egorshin