Russia Proposes Raising Pension Age, First Hike In Almost 90 Years

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Russia proposes raising pension age, first hike in almost 90 years

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on Thursday proposed raising the pension age to 65 for men and 63 for women, the first hike for the country in almost nine decades.

Moscow, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News, app - 14th Jun, 2018 ) :Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on Thursday proposed raising the pension age to 65 for men and 63 for women, the first hike for the country in almost nine decades.

A legacy of the USSR, Russia's retirement age -- set at 55 for women and 60 for men since the early 1930s -- is currently among the lowest in the world.

"We propose a relatively long transition period -- beginning in 2019 we propose incremental increases to reach retirement for men at 65 by 2028 and 63 for women in 2034," Medvedev said of plans which must now be approved by parliament.

"This will allow us to direct additional funds into increasing pensions above the rate of inflation," he added.

Given the country's demographic decline, the current system represents a growing weight for the federal budget.

President Vladimir Putin has repeatedly said that reforms would be necessary at some stage.

The Kremlin announced in March it would prepare measures to allow pensions to increase faster than inflation, as pensioners have particularly suffered from a surge in prices in recent years.

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