Leading economist on pension reform: There are no actual reasons for it

05.02.2019, Moscow.

There are no reasons for raising the pension age in Russia, Yury Byaly, the Vice President of the Experimental Creative Center (ETC) International Public Foundation said on February 3 at a conference on pension reform, a correspondent of the Rossa Primavera News Agency reports.

Actual life expectancy data demonstrate that the median age of male morality in Russia is 61.4 years; the age of healthy ability to work is slightly above 63 years for both men and women.

The expert also said that the government’s statements about the rapid growth in the number of pensioners and a decrease of the young working-age population conflicts with information from the Federal State Statistics Service (Rosstat). According to the latter, there are 4.1 employable men per each pensioner. This is twice as many as the government has claimed.

Byaly proposed a number of measures based on the report. One of them is that the pension reform must be immediately stopped. At the same time, legislative acts need to be developed, which would effectively provide pensions for the people.

Currently, the Constitutional Court must be encouraged to overturn the current pension reform, which violates Article 55 of the Constitution of the Russian Federation.

On January 1, 2019, a law raising the pension age to 65 years for men and 60 for women went into effect.

Regional conferences and roundtable discussions organized the Essence of Time social political movement took place on February 3 in almost twenty cities from the Far East to northwestern Russia. The actual scope of risks and consequences of the pension reform for Russia was widely discussed at these events.

Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency

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