Navalny says move is to stop him organising protests over unpopular pension reforms

The Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was jailed for 30 days on Monday on protest-related charges that he alleged were designed to prevent him organising demonstrations against unpopular government plans to raise the national retirement age.

Navalny, 42, was arrested on Saturday outside his home in Moscow, and charged with organising an unsanctioned opposition rally near Red Square on 28 January. His arrest came shortly after he had called on Russians to take to the streets on 9 September to protest against proposed pension reforms that would raise the retirement age from 55 to 63 for women and from 60 to 65 for men.

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