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Russian Pensioners Demand Free Public Transport

IZHEVSK, Russia -- A few thousand elderly people in the western Russian city of Izhevsk have protested a decision to abolish free public transportation services for pensioners, RFE/RL's Russian Service reports.

The Izhevsk City Duma ended free public transport for pensioners as of October 1.

An estimated 2,000 protesters blocked a major street in the city for more than two hours on October 5, demanding that local officials meet with them to discuss the issue.

No one from the city administration came to meet with them.

The demonstrators told RFE/RL that they are planning another protest on October 24.