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Russian Communists Hold Protests In Rostov

ROSTOV-NA-DONU, Russia -- The Russian Communist Party branch in Rostov-na-Donu today held protests marking the centennial of the establishment of International Women's Day, RFE/RL's Russian Service reports.

Rallies were held in different city districts and in the center, where more than 200 demonstrators unfurled red banners in front of the Mayoral Office.

Along with demanding equal rights and opportunities for women, the demonstrators also urged the city administration to create jobs, curb prices, and battle drug use, juvenile crime, and homelessness.

The protesters adopted a resolution demanding that the regional government ban the firing of single mothers with young children, increase social allowances for children, and prohibit foreign citizens from adopting Russian orphans.