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Sunday, March 18, 2018

The retirement age after the elections will not be increased

Legitimate and well deserved vacation in our country can go on as before, and men at 60, women at 55 years. Characteristically, this statement was made by labor Minister Maxim Topilin after the meeting with Vladimir Putin. Previously, many experts believed that after the elections to the state Duma the issue of raising the retirement age then will be on the agenda of the government and parliamentarians.

photo: Gennady Cherkasov

The theme of increasing the retirement age every year in our country is becoming more and more painful. First, the dramatically increasing deficit of the Pension Fund, and the funds for its repayment in the state budget and the national welfare Fund less and less. Second, the number of retired workers is also increasing in the eyes.

Not accidentally, the financial block of the government increasingly starts talking to raise the age of retirement for both men and women to 65 years. Ex-Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin proposed to put this question immediately after the next elections to the Duma. His words are worth listening to. Although it has been five years since is not a member of the government, however, he heads the Center for strategic research, the first Chairman of which at the beginning of 2000-ies was Vladimir Putin himself, and is Deputy Chairman of the Economic Council under the President of Russia. That is why Putin and instructed in the spring of this year Kudrin to prepare an exit plan from the crisis. Of course its not the only project, preparing alternative options, but the chances to get support of the head of state Alexei Kudrin, according to many experts, the most. Moreover, raising the retirement age is one of the key points Kudrinsky plan.

Oil poured into the fire, and brotherly Belarus. Its President Alexander Lukashenko in April this year signed a decree on increasing the retirement age by 3 years. In 2022, the Belarusians will be to retire at 63, and the Belarusian — in 58 years.

However, Kudrin, not everyone agrees. Vs acts as assistant to the President Andrei Belousov, whose opinion the President is also considered. Beloussov warns that if the retirement age will be raised, the work will find a new generation of Russians, because jobs in our country not so much.

Well, the social block of the government headed by Deputy Prime Minister Olga Golodets, developing a permanent reform of the pension system, in particular, voting for the elimination of the cumulative part, very strongly opposed to raising the retirement age. The social block is not that against the long-work veterans. But they propose to do so solely on a voluntary basis.

Apparently, Putin still sided with the social unit and his assistant Andrei Belousov. As stated by the labor Minister Maxim Topilin after the meeting with the head of state on Monday 19 September, the question of raising the retirement age today on the agenda is not necessary. “I can tell you that today we this question is not discussed. And now the question on the agenda is not necessary”, — said Topilin.

But Kudrin has proposed to put the question immediately after the elections to the state Duma. Apparently, at least until the presidential election, which is scheduled for March 2018, this issue will not be considered.


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