Russia

Hundreds rally in Moscow to demand release of ‘extremist’ teens

MOSCOW: Hundreds of people, many clutching stuffed toys, rallied in Moscow on Wednesday (Aug 15) to demand the release of two teenagers accused of "extremism" in a case they say is part of a growing Kremlin crackdown on Russian youth. Anna Pavlikova and Maria Dubovik, aged 18 and 19 respectively .....

Pension reform forces one Russian to defer retirement dream

MOSCOW: Russian engineer Natalia Epikhina bought herself a house with a garden, thinking she was in the home stretch to retirement: but a proposed pension reform means she may have much less time to enjoy it. The 52-year-old engineer has been among thousands protesting against proposals to raise .....