Russia: Thousands protest pension age rise proposals

Protesters rallied against the government’s plans to increase the retirement age for Russian citizens in Ekaterinburg, Kazan and Novosibirsk on Saturday. According to the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs, 2,000 people took part in the action in Ekaterinburg, and 1,200 protesters gathered in Novosibirsk. No violations of public order were reported. The authorised protests were organised... Еще by Russia’s Communist Party. The proposed reform would gradually increase the pension age from 60 to 65 for men by 2028 and from 55 to 63 for women by 2034. Earlier this month Russian President Vladimir Putin commented on the initiative, saying he didn't like «any of the options connected with raising the pension age.» However, he stressed that if no changes are introduced the situation could deteriorate, since the number of people in Russia's workforce is projected to one day equal the number of pensioners. «And at this point, either the whole pension system would go bust or it will be the state reserve fund that we are now using to cover the pensions deficit,” Putin said.

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