Police officers block protestors during a rally in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)
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Thousands of supporters of jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny protested across Russia Sunday against planned increases to the pension age, with a rights group saying at least 153 of them had been detained by the police.Navalny, barred from state TV and prevented from running against Putin for president earlier this year, hopes to tap into public anger over the reform.OVD-Info, a rights organization that monitors detentions, said 153 Navalny supporters had been detained by police on Sunday in 19 towns and cities, including some of Navalny's closest aides.In Moscow, where the authorities had rejected an application from Navalny's supporters to protest, around 2,000 people gathered in the central Pushkin Square, the authorities and Reuters reporters estimated.Navalny has likened Putin to an autocratic tsar who has clung to power for too long.
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