The government says the retirement age increase is necessary because people are living longer. and the bill passed the first stage easily. The second reading is due to take place on September 24.
The proposals have led to street protests with the unions arguing that many people will not live long enough to claim a pension. The World Health Organisation puts men’s life expectancy in Russia at 66, and 77 for women.
The pension age rise would occur in stages over the next 15 years.
The average pension currently is about 14,000 roubles (197 euros) a month.
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