NEWSWATCH: “The Kremlin has big plans for the next five years, and it might need to raise Russia’s retirement age to pay for everything” – Meduza

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“… a leaked copy of … Medvedev’s next five-year budget plan … [anticipates] 25 trillion rubles ($403.8 billion) on 13 ‘national projects.’ … repeat[ing] many of the priorities of Medvedev’s … presidency and … Putin[] … executive orders. [kommersant.ru/doc/3628758] … new roads … demography … infrastructure … cancer and ‘the digital economy’ … broadband Internet connections [for] public sector facilities.

Planned federal budgets already allocate 17 trillion rubles ($274.6 billion) to the new ‘national projects’ … [and] 8 trillion rubles ($129.2 billion) could come from the savings the government would incur, if it raised Russia’s retirement age ….”

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