For the first time, Russia’s internet generation is getting political and they’re using social media to challenge the Kremlin.
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.
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.
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.
Russia's Primorsky Region borders China and North Korea and serves as Moscow's door to the Pacific. A Communist leader there claims his election victory was blatantly stolen to keep the Kremlin-backed governor in power.
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