The measure, which would significantly raise the retirement age, were introduced at the beginning of the World Cup -- a day when protests were prohibited.
Without much real competition, Russians are set to elect governors and mayors, as well as regional and local representatives, on Sunday. But with protests planned across the country, experts say there could be surprises.
Regional elections in Russia have been marred by nationwide protests over the Kremlin's pension reform plans. Several supporters of detained opposition leader and Putin foe Alexei Navalny have been arrested.
Officials in Russia's Primorsky region said they found voting irregularities in favor of the Kremlin-backed candidate. Andrei Tarasenko mounted an improbable comeback by winning all of the last 20,000 ballots counted.
Protests over changes to the pension age in Russia have overshadowed elections for local and regional seats. The pension age would rise to 65 for men — an age 42 percent of Russian men are not expected to reach.
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