The infamous revolution that changed Russia a century ago, won over the people by making all kinds of promises to the working class.
This is a typical socialist/communist ploy that could be described as a political bait and switch.
They bait the people with promises and then switch to their socialist or communist policies.
The result is an unhappy class of people that could be described as political slaves.
Those political slaves in Russia are beginning to erupt in public displays, protesting Putin’s pension system.
Protests are erupting in over 80 Russian cities, as elections are held for some of Russia’s leaders, indicating that Putin’s strong-arm control over the nation could be growing weaker.
(BBC News) – Fresh protests against raising the retirement age are being held across Russia, after a call by jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny.
Pension reforms have caused widespread public anger, and Mr Navalny’s supporters have planned rallies in more than 80 cities to capitalise on this.
Protests have begun in Vladivostok and other cities in Russia’s Far East.
They coincide with elections for 26 heads of Russia’s 85 regions, including in Moscow, which are happening on Sunday.
From 2019, the retirement age for men and women will start being increased gradually…
The average lifespan for a Russian man is 66 and the new age for retirement is being raised from 60 to 65.
Russian women live longer, to age 77 and Putin had planned on raising their retirement age from 55 to 63, but after hearing of the discontent, he eased the age off to 60.
Vladimir Putin is by far the strongest and dominating leader Russia has had in many decades.
I often wonder if the former Soviet Union would have ever collapsed the way it did if Putin had been the leader at the time.
However, with worldwide media bringing so many things to the rest of the world, these mass protests could be an indication that Putin’s iron grip is weakening.
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