Thousands Of Russians Protest Against Hike In Retirement Age

Thousands Of Russians Protest Against Hike In Retirement Age

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RFE/RL, excerpts:

Tens of thousands of Russians rallied across the country to protest against a controversial plan to raise the retirement age.

The July 28 protests — some of the largest to date — were the latest indication of how politically dangerous the proposal has been for President Vladimir Putin and the government of Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.

Legislation now under consideration would raise the retirement age to 65 for men by 2028 and 63 for women by 2034. Currently, the retirement age for men and women is 60 and 55 years, respectively.

The plan sparked outrage across Russia after it was finally announced last month. Adding to the criticism is the fact that the proposal was released by the cabinet on the eve of the opening of the World Cup.

Many critics accused the government of trying to slip it past Russians who were focused on the soccer tournament.

Russia’s Communist Party was the main organizer of the July 28 rallies, but supporters of opposition leader Aleksei Navalny and other groups were also trying to capitalize on public discontent.

Protests were taking place in dozens of cities and towns in the country.

In Moscow, organizers said up to 100,000 people gathered for an authorized rally. Observers said the turnout was much lower, however.

Demonstrators in Moscow chanted, “Hands off pensions, Putin!” and carried banners with slogans including, “We want to live on our pensions and not die at work.”

More than 2.8 million people have signed a petition against the reform on change.org.

Critics have said that the retirement age in many regions is higher than life expectancy, which according to the World Bank is 71 as of 2016, up from 65 in 2003.

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Tens of thousands of Russians rallied across the country to protest against a controversial plan to raise the retirement age.

Thousands Of Russians Protest Against Hike In Retirement Age

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