JRL NEWSWATCH: “Russian Authorities Prepare to Soften Pension Reform-Sources” – Reuters

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“[Sources claim that] Russian authorities are considering ways to soften a plan to raise the pension age … following protests and a slide in … Putin’s popularity ratings. The government announced its plan last month to raise the retirement age for men to 65 from 60 and for women to 63 from 55 to ease pressure on state coffers from an ageing population and weak economic growth made worse by the impact of sanctions. * * * [Reportedly one possibility is to increase the women’s retirement age by five instead of eight years.] [A] source … close to the Kremlin, said he expected a final decision … by September, ahead of elections in some Russian regions ….  Peskov … Kremlin spokesman … [said] the government and … State Duma, were working on the pension reform.”

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