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Young Russian Protesters In Samara Demand More Opportunities

SAMARA, Russia -- More than 500 youth activists held a public protest in the Russian Volga region city of Samara to demand more support from the government, RFE/RL's Russian Service reports.

The protesters said on April 18 that the federal government needs to recognize that Russian youth are the most "active, thinking, mobile, and brave" part of society.

Despite this, they said it is too difficult for young people to get decent jobs, create normal families, or become full-fledged members of society.

The protesters added that stipends for university students are too small for them to survive on and young couples have a hard time getting permanent housing.

Demonstrators chanted: "If the government does not care about our future, we do not need such a government!"

The demonstrators signed a petition urging federal authorities to start doing more for young people. They said they will send it to President Dmitry Medvedev.