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Citing the World Cup, Moscow officials reject three requests for protests against pension reform


Moscow City Hall announced on Thursday that it has rejected three permit requests for protests against Russia’s proposed pension reforms: applications for a July 1 rally by the Libertarian Party, a July 3 rally by the political party Yabloko, and a July 4 rally by the “Left Front” movement. City officials say the demonstrations would interfere with FIFA World Cup festivities.

Anti-corruption activist Alexey Navalny plans to stage protests in 20 cities on July 1, but he is intentionally avoiding demonstrations in cities hosting World Cup games, where President Putin has suspended most public assembly rights during the soccer tournament.