Newspaper article The Canadian Press

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Newspaper article The Canadian Press

National Audio 12:45 PM ET

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National Audio 12:45 PM ET

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NAT062 - (Russia Pension Protests) (FOR PRODUCTION) YEKATERINBURG, Russia. x-09s. Tens of thousands of demonstrators have rallied throughout Russia to protest plans to substantially hike the age at which Russian men and women can receive their state retirement pensions. A crowd estimated at more than 10,000 attended a protest in Moscow that was called by the Communist Party. A similarly large crowd gathered in Yekaterinburg. Russia's lower house of parliament, the Duma, has given its first-reading approval to a measure that would gradually raise the pension ages from 60 to 65 for men and from 55 to 63 for women. Protesters have called for a national referendum to be held on the issue before the parliament considers further readings of the bill. …

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