Russian President Vladimir Putin is facing protests for his retirement age plan. Putin plans to raise the age of retirement from 60 t0 65 for men, and from 55 to 63 for women. Thousands of Moscow citizens participated in protests on Sunday, and the protests featured many anti-Putin chants.
The protest was organized by Russia’s Libertarian Party and drew 10,000 people. The rally included chants such as, “Putin is a thief” and “Away with the tsar.” These anti-Putin chants have become commonplace for protests against the Russian President.
The protests against the proposal began back in June when it was first announced. Reuters noted that around 90 percent of Russia’s population oppose the age increase. Moscow is not the only place to hold protests. The Press Herald notes that rallies also took place in Rostov-on-Don and Volgograd.
The proposal is also costing Putin when it comes to his approval rating. Aljazeera reported on a survey which found that only 37.9 percent of participates trusted President Putin on issues of national importance. This is a significant decline from the nine out of 10 citizens approval when he annexed Crimea in 2014.
Citizens in Russian shared live video footage from the protests which clearly show an angry base of voters rallying against Putin’s unpopular decision.
Beautiful day in Moscow, Russia, where thousands joined another protest rally today against the government-pushed pension reform.
Protesters chanted: “Putin is a thief!"pic.twitter.com/SW9yV9Ppqw
— 🇺🇸 Trump Russia™🇷🇺 (@TrumpEra_2017) July 29, 2018
In 2011, Vladimir Putin also faced a growing opposition, at the time, the Brookings Institute, a non-profit public policy organization, noted that Russia’s President has developed a policy in which he acknowledges the “people’s dissatisfaction” before turning against his political opposition while claiming they are attempting to “destabilize society.”
Will Putin take a similar approach to these protests? We await his response.