Russian protests: Police video show hits the man in an anti-government demonstration

<pre><pre>Russian protests: Police video show hits the man in an anti-government demonstration

The video that allegedly shows the Russian police brutally beating a protester during yesterday's antigovernment demonstrations, has emerged when the Kremlin claimed that the authorities' response had been "legitimate".

The shocking images, allegedly filmed in St. Petersburg, show several policemen repeatedly beating a protester, who appears to be a young man, while dragging him.

More than 1,000 people were arrested during Sunday's demonstrations against Vladimir Putin's unpopular plans to raise the state retirement age, according to a Russian human rights group.

Surprising video shots, allegedly filmed in St. Petersburg, show several policemen repeatedly beating a protester during Sunday's demonstrations against Putin's new pension plans.

Almost half of the detainees were arrested in St. Petersburg, where there were several reports of police brutality while officers in riot gear attacked the protesters with batons.

According to the witnesses, a policeman saw a ten year old boy outside the concentration, and an old man was mistreated by officers before losing consciousness.

President Vladimir Putin's spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said the police had acted in accordance with the law in response to unauthorized protests.

Peskov said that the "vandals and provocateurs" had mixed with the demonstrators and attacked the police.

On Monday, several activists tried to launch another protest on a tree-lined boulevard in central Moscow, but were quickly stopped by police.

David and Goliath: a Russian police officer detains a teenager during a demonstration in protest against plans to raise the state retirement age in St. Petersburg on Sunday

David and Goliath: a Russian police officer detains a teenager during a demonstration in protest against plans to raise the state retirement age in St. Petersburg on Sunday

David and Goliath: a Russian police officer detains a teenager during a demonstration in protest against plans to raise the state retirement age in St. Petersburg on Sunday

The protests took place in the 11 time zones of the country, including Moscow, in the photo, with more than 1,000 people arrested

The protests took place in the 11 time zones of the country, including Moscow, in the photo, with more than 1,000 people arrested

The protests took place in the 11 time zones of the country, including Moscow, in the photo, with more than 1,000 people arrested

Taken away: a female protester is taken by the Russian police in St. Petersburg during the unauthorized demonstration

Taken away: a female protester is taken by the Russian police in St. Petersburg during the unauthorized demonstration

Taken away: a female protester is taken by the Russian police in St. Petersburg during the unauthorized demonstration

The Sunday rallies, convened by opposition leader Alexei Navalny, took place in dozens of cities and towns across Russia.

The crowds were singing & # 39; Pozor, pozor! & # 39; (Shame, shame!) In the biggest show of opposition to the Putin government in recent years.

Putin's new plan, which is opposed across the political spectrum, requires that the age of eligibility for retirement pensions be increased by five years, to 65 for men and 60 for women.

The rallies began in the Far East and Siberia and spread throughout the country to Moscow, where a demonstration in the center of the city ended in skirmishes when riot police detained the participants to march on the Kremlin.

The plan establishes that the age of eligibility for retirement pensions be increased by five years, to 65 for men and 60 for women. In the photo: police officers in fight with protesters in St. Petersburg

The plan establishes that the age of eligibility for retirement pensions be increased by five years, to 65 for men and 60 for women. In the photo: police officers in fight with protesters in St. Petersburg

The plan establishes that the age of eligibility for retirement pensions be increased by five years, to 65 for men and 60 for women. In the photo: police officers in fight with protesters in St. Petersburg

A large number of Russian policemen were seen throughout the country while trying to control the protests

A large number of Russian policemen were seen throughout the country while trying to control the protests

A large number of Russian policemen were seen throughout the country while trying to control the protests

Navalny, the anti-corruption activist who is the most prominent enemy of President Vladimir Putin, urged his supporters to protest against the pension proposal before being sentenced to 30 days in jail for organizing an unauthorized protest in January involving a different issue.

The protesters, mostly people over 20 years and decades away from their retirement, chanted "Russia without Putin" and held posters with messages like "Putin, when will you go to the pension?"

Later they marched towards the Red Square and the Kremlin, singing & # 39; Down the Tsar! & # 39; when they passed the building of the Council of the Federation, the upper chamber of parliament.

The group was finally blocked by the barricades of the police and riot police, and thethe crowd dispersed half an hour later.

Factory worker Olga Sokolova, 52, said she was "stupefied" when the proposal was submitted in June because she expected to retire from her physically demanding job at age 55.

The crowds chanted "Pozor, pozor!" (Shame, shame!) In the biggest show of opposition to the Putin government in recent years. In the picture: a teenager pushed against a car at a rally in St. Petersburg

The crowds chanted "Pozor, pozor!" (Shame, shame!) In the biggest show of opposition to the Putin government in recent years. In the picture: a teenager pushed against a car at a rally in St. Petersburg

The crowds were singing & # 39; Pozor, pozor! & # 39; (Shame, shame!) In the biggest show of opposition to the Putin government in recent years. In the picture: a teenager pushed against a car at a rally in St. Petersburg

In Moscow, in the picture, the protesters later marched towards the Red Square and the Kremlin, singing & # 39; Down the Tsar! & # 39; when they passed the building of the Council of the Federation, the upper chamber of the parliament

In Moscow, in the picture, the protesters later marched towards the Red Square and the Kremlin, singing & # 39; Down the Tsar! & # 39; when they passed the building of the Council of the Federation, the upper chamber of the parliament

In Moscow, in the picture, the protesters later marched towards the Red Square and the Kremlin, singing & # 39; Down the Tsar! & # 39; when they passed the building of the Council of the Federation, the upper chamber of the parliament

The protesters, mostly people over 20 years and decades away from retirement, also chanted & # 39; Russia without Putin & # 39; and they held banners with messages like "Putin, when will you go to the boarding house? & # 39; In the photo: Saint Petersburg

The protesters, mostly people over 20 years and decades away from retirement, also chanted & # 39; Russia without Putin & # 39; and they held banners with messages like "Putin, when will you go to the boarding house? & # 39; In the photo: Saint Petersburg

The protesters, mostly people over 20 years and decades away from retirement, also chanted & # 39; Russia without Putin & # 39; and they held banners with messages like "Putin, when will you go to the boarding house? & # 39; In the photo: Saint Petersburg

The group in Moscow was finally blocked by the barricades of police and riot police, and the crowd dispersed half an hour later

The group in Moscow was finally blocked by the barricades of police and riot police, and the crowd dispersed half an hour later

The group in Moscow was finally blocked by the barricades of police and riot police, and the crowd dispersed half an hour later

In the picture: protesters in Moscow hold a Russian flag with a sign that says "Down with the Chekists"

In the picture: protesters in Moscow hold a Russian flag with a sign that says "Down with the Chekists"

In the picture: protesters in Moscow hold a Russian flag with a sign that says "Down with the Chekists"

"I can not continue to fear anymore," he said of his decision to risk arrest by appearing in Moscow's Pushkin Square for the protest that drew thousands of people.

The demonstrations took place throughout the vast country, from Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk on an island in the Pacific and in Kaliningrad, the Russian exclave between Poland and Lithuania. In St. Petersburg, the crowd seemed to exceed 1,000.

The OVD-Info organization that monitors political repression reported that 291 people in total were arrested in connection with the protests throughout the country. The largest number arrested was 58 in Yekaterinburg.

A lawyer from the Anticorruption Fund of Navalny was arrested in Moscow before the demonstration there.

The increase in retirement age is opposed by both older Russians, who fear that they will not live long enough to obtain important benefits, and young adults worried that keeping people in the workforce will limit their own employment opportunities. .

"The reform is a robbery to my parents and grandparents, we are stealing our future, too.At this moment, all we can do is protest," said Igor Panov, 24, at the Moscow demonstration.

"The state should have found the money it needed in the budget or fighting corruption," said Yegor Zhukov, 19, at the St. Petersburg protest.

The OVD-Info organization that monitors political repression reported that 291 people in total were arrested in connection with the protests throughout the country. In the image: Demonstrators in Moscow with posters saying "Goodbye" & # 39; and there's no way & # 39;

The OVD-Info organization that monitors political repression reported that 291 people in total were arrested in connection with the protests throughout the country. In the image: Demonstrators in Moscow with posters saying "Goodbye" & # 39; and there's no way & # 39;

The OVD-Info organization that monitors political repression reported that 291 people in total were arrested in connection with the protests throughout the country. In the image: Demonstrators in Moscow with posters saying "Goodbye" & # 39; and there's no way & # 39;

The increase in retirement age is opposed by both older Russians, who fear that they will not live long enough to obtain important benefits, and young adults worried that keeping people in the workforce will limit their own employment opportunities. . In the photo: Moscow

The increase in retirement age is opposed by both older Russians, who fear that they will not live long enough to obtain important benefits, and young adults worried that keeping people in the workforce will limit their own employment opportunities. . In the photo: Moscow

The increase in retirement age is opposed by both older Russians, who fear that they will not live long enough to obtain important benefits, and young adults worried that keeping people in the workforce will limit their own employment opportunities. . In the photo: Moscow

In the picture: Russian police officers arresting a demonstrator during a demonstration in St. Petersburg on Sunday

In the picture: Russian police officers arresting a demonstrator during a demonstration in St. Petersburg on Sunday

In the picture: Russian police officers arresting a demonstrator during a demonstration in St. Petersburg on Sunday

Popular opposition leader Yevgeny Roizman, the former mayor of Yekaterinburg, said on Twitter that a younger generation took the lead because the middle-aged Russians were too afraid to protest.

"I respect those who took to the streets today, especially young people," said Roizman, who was briefly detained at the demonstration in Yekaterinburg.

"I want to say this to the elderly: the young people have to give the blow for us and leave because we do not do it."

Putin's confidence rating in public opinion polls fell after the proposal was presented.

Last month he offered some concessions, but he and government officials say that raising the age is necessary because the increase in life expectancy in Russia could deplete pension resources if the age of eligibility remains the same.

The changes of proposals offered by Putin should be considered when the bill is presented for its second reading in the Duma, the lower house of parliament.

No date has been announced for that reading, which is the time when the proposed legislation can be revised.

Police were photographed using batons while trying to block protesters during the rally in Moscow on Sunday. The plan requires that the age of eligibility for retirement pensions be increased by five years, to 65 for men and 60 for women. Opposition to it covers the political spectrum. The rallies began in the Far East and Siberia and spread throughout the country to Moscow, where a demonstration in the center of the city ended in skirmishes when riot police detained the participants to march on the Kremlin.

Police were photographed using batons while trying to block protesters during the rally in Moscow on Sunday. The plan requires that the age of eligibility for retirement pensions be increased by five years, to 65 for men and 60 for women. Opposition to it covers the political spectrum. The rallies began in the Far East and Siberia and spread throughout the country to Moscow, where a demonstration in the center of the city ended in skirmishes when riot police detained the participants to march on the Kremlin.

Police were photographed using batons while trying to block protesters during the rally in Moscow on Sunday. The plan requires that the age of eligibility for retirement pensions be increased by five years, to 65 for men and 60 for women. Opposition to it covers the political spectrum. The rallies began in the Far East and Siberia and spread throughout the country to Moscow, where a demonstration in the center of the city ended in skirmishes when riot police detained the participants to march on the Kremlin.

Putin's confidence rating in public opinion polls fell after the proposal was presented. In the photo: protesters in Moscow blocked by the police

Putin's confidence rating in public opinion polls fell after the proposal was presented. In the photo: protesters in Moscow blocked by the police

Putin's confidence rating in public opinion polls fell after the proposal was presented. In the photo: protesters in Moscow blocked by the police

Last month, Putin offered some concessions, but he and government officials say that increasing the age is necessary because the increase in life expectancy in Russia could exhaust the resources of pensions if the age of eligibility remains the same

Last month, Putin offered some concessions, but he and government officials say that increasing the age is necessary because the increase in life expectancy in Russia could exhaust the resources of pensions if the age of eligibility remains the same

Last month, Putin offered some concessions, but he and government officials say that increasing the age is necessary because the increase in life expectancy in Russia could exhaust the resources of pensions if the age of eligibility remains the same

The changes in the proposal offered by Putin will be taken into account when the bill is presented for its second reading in the Duma, the lower house of parliament

The changes in the proposal offered by Putin will be taken into account when the bill is presented for its second reading in the Duma, the lower house of parliament

The changes in the proposal offered by Putin will be taken into account when the bill is presented for its second reading in the Duma, the lower house of parliament

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