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Anger and disillusion in Russia over pension reform

A controversial bill to raise the Russian retirement age by five years – to 65 for men and 60 for women – was passed by the lower house of parliament in a second reading on Wednesday. But deep public discontent over the measure has sparked protests and taken a toll on President Vladimir Putin's famously high popularity ratings. Could it force him to back down? Our correspondents Elena Volochine and Gulliver Cragg report from Moscow.