More than 800 protesters were detained in Russian Federation over the weekend as they demonstrated against the plan to raise the retirement age from 60 to 65 for men and from 55 to 60 for women, according to BBC News.
Demonstrations also took place in Saint Petersburg and Moscow on Sunday afternoon.
Supporters of Alexei Navalny, the leader of the liberal Russian Federation of the Future party, were quick to slam the US-based multinational company for what they described as a surrender in the face of illegal demands made by the administration of President Vladimir Putin, Efe news reported.
The group said there had been detentions in 19 Russian cities, with most occurring in St Petersburg.More news: Grand Slam title: Del Potro backs Djokovic to surpass Federer
Factory worker Olga Sokolova, 52, said she was "dumbfounded" when the proposal was introduced in June because she had hoped to retire from her physically taxing job at age 55. His supporters plan to demonstrate across Russian Federation.
In Moscow, where the authorities had rejected an application from Navalny's supporters to protest, around 2,000 people gathered in the central Pushkin Square, the authorities and Reuters reporters estimated. The protests took a violent turn as protesters tried to march towards parliament and were beaten back by police. The crowd dispersed half an hour later.
It has irked both older Russians, who fear they won't live long enough to collect significant benefits, and younger generations anxious that keeping people in the workforce longer will limit their own employment opportunities.
"The reform is a robbery of my parents and grandparents. Right now the only thing we can do is protest", 24-year-old Igor Panov said at the Moscow demonstration.More news: Serena Williams: It's been a long journey back
In a nationwide day of polls, members of the ruling United Russia party also won in elections for governors and legislators in other Russian cities.
"My respect to those who took to the streets today, especially young people", said Roizman, who was briefly detained at the rally in Yekaterinburg. Yekaterinburg comes the second with 183 people being detained.
Russian men have a life expectancy of 66 while for women it is 77, the World Health Organization says.
The elections, which included a vote on executive-branch heads in 21 of Russia's 85 regions, was the first major test for the government of President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev since it proposed raising the retirement age.More news: Tracking Hurricane Florence in Atlantic Ocean