Protesters chant anti-Putin slogans at rally against retirement age plan

Elias Hubbard
August 1, 2018

In #Moscow, #Russia, thousands joined another #protest rally today against the government-pushed pension reform.

The proposed age increase is part of a budget package meant to improve the financial condition of the Russian government.

Protesters packed part of Moscow on Saturday to protest a bill that would raise Russia's retirement ages to 65 years for men and 63 for women.

In Moscow, a rally against raising the pension age today, July 28, was about 50 thousand people.

Unions and activists have raised concerns that, should the proposal be accepted, many people may not live long enough to claim a state pension.

Gennady Zyuganov, leader of the Communist Party, said the proposed reform would be "a blow to every citizen" and accused President Vladimir Putin's ruling United Russia party of attempting to pass unpopular legislation.

The lower-house of parliament, the Duma, has given a first reading approval and its set to continue discussing the bill in September.

The government says increasing the age for collecting pensions is necessary because of rising life expectancy rates, but opponents characterize it as robbery.

About this on his page in Twitter wrote Russian opposition leader Sergei Udaltsov, writes the Chronicle.info with reference to the Telegraph.

Russian men have a life expectancy of just 66, while for women it is 77, the World Health Organization says. One online petition against the change has over 3 million signatures. Putin said last week that he did not want to raise the pension age but taking no action was not possible. However, Vladimir Putin has said that some crucial decisions need to be taken on the issue.

"Many believed Putin when he said there would be no pension reform". It turns out that was demagoguery.

According to state pollster VTsIOM, public trust in the president has fallen to 64 percent this month compared to 80 percent in May.

While Putin faces criticism over his domestic policies, he received positive reviews in Russian Federation for his performance at a meeting with President TrumpDonald John TrumpGiuliani targets Cohen lawyer: He and Cohen are "deceivers" Trump reelection campaign denies reports "Keep America Great" flags are being made in China Top Koch Network officials vent frustration with White House, GOP-led Congress MORE earlier this month. The vote is the last step before being signed into law.

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