Google pulls Russian opposition leader's YouTube advert ahead of vote

Dozens of opposition supporters were arrested ahead of the rallies

Polls say President Vladimir Putin's former chief of staff Sergei Sobyanin - whom Navalny ran against in 2013 - will easily be re-elected as Moscow's mayor with 74 percent of the vote, according to TASS.

In Moscow the authorities rejected an application from Navalny's supporters to protest in the city centre, raising the possibility that the police may disperse the rally by detaining people, as they have often done in the past. However, the unexpected effect is that Putin, by closing off politics to liberal parties, has only strengthened the Communist Party as the main opposition party.

"Putin and his government have plundered the budget for the past 18 years", jailed opposition leader and activist Alexei Navalny said ahead of Sunday's protests.

They later marched toward Red Square and the Kremlin, chanting "Down with the czar!" as they passed the building of the Federation Council, the upper house of parliament, and leisurely Muscovites enjoying a hot afternoon. But some of the protesters started marching toward the Kremlin before riot police halted them with metal barriers and sometimes rough detentions.

Reports said protests also took place in Kaliningrad, the Russian exclave between Poland and Lithuania. In St. Petersburg, the crowd appeared to exceed 1,000.

Nearly 300 people, many of them supporters of the opposition activist Alexei Navalny, were arrested in 19 towns and cities. Yekaterinburg comes the second with 183 people being detained. A lawyer for Navalny's Anti-Corruption Fund was arrested in Moscow before the rally there.

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It's been widely criticized because Russian unions say many men won't even live long enough to claim their pensions.

"The reform is a robbery of my parents and grandparents. Right now the only thing we can do is protest", 24-year-old Igor Panov said at the Moscow demonstration.

Ella Pamfilova, the head of the Central Election Commission, said it was obvious the planned pension changes had prompted voters to register their discontent at the ballot box, something she said was a sign of genuine political competition.

"The authorities are not listening to people and that means it's time to take to the streets".

Internet giant Google on Saturday yielded to the pressure from the Russian government and chose to remove videos featuring the country's main opposition leader from its popular video-sharing platform YouTube after the Kremlin accused the corporation of attempting to interfere in its electoral process. Average life expectancy for men is 66 and for women 77.

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