The press secretary of Russian President Dmitry Peskov in the broadcast of "Russia 1" said Vladimir Putin himself was working on the text of the tele-appeal on pension reform. This is reported by TASS.
According to Peskov, the decision to challenge the appeal to increase the retirement age was taken "immediately" by Putin. He noted that the admission of the profession began the day after the President announced it. "He worked on the text himself, he ruled until the last moment, he expressed it himself," Peskov said.
Putin made a television broadcast in which he announced a softening of the pension reform on 29 August. In particular, the president proposed to increase the retirement age for women by five years and not eight (up to 60 years instead of 63 years). He also started to determine benefits for large mothers and people with a pre-retirement age. Putin's proposals will be prepared as amendments to the second reading of the bill, which will be held in the autumn.
Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev announced an increase in the retirement age in mid-June. For men it was suggested to raise it to 65 years, for women – up to 63 years. The bill was presented to the Duma on 16 June and on the first reading on 19 July.
Crossing the need for pension reform, Medvedev noted that life expectancy has increased, and this, according to the government, guarantees a longer period of activity and the opportunity to pursue a career. According to the Minister of Finance, Anton Siluanov, a problem to support the pension system was created by "negative demographic trends." The number of working citizens in particular has declined sharply in the country and the number of pensioners has increased.