«Already working to 65 and more» the foreign Ministry said on pensions to diplomats

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When diplomats retire what it is, how it is influenced by geography and the fighting, and how it can impact on the Russian diplomatic corps the change in pension legislation – all this was explained to RIA Novosti in the Russian foreign Ministry and diplomatic service veterans.

Retirement, seniority

In the Department of information and press of the Russian foreign Ministry RIA Novosti reported that in «accordance with the current edition of the law «On state civil service of the Russian Federation» (No. 79-FZ of 27 July 2004 edition of the 19.12.2016) diplomats have the right to be in public service to 65 years, when the vast majority of them prefer to resign».

It is the Department pointed out that «this right is enjoyed equally by both men and women.»

There is reservation that the employees of the Ministry who have reached the compulsory retirement age for civil servants (in 2018 he is 61 years for men and 56 years for women), unable by their own desire to leave the civil service before reaching the age of 65, provided they have the length of service 16 years or more (in 2018).

The Russian foreign Ministry noted that «the age required for retirement for years of service, each year would increase by half a year up to 2026 (for women – up to 2032 given the increase in their retirement age to 63 years)». «Accordingly, the minimum length of service for pension will increase by 2026 to 20 years», — reported in Department of information and press.

The amount of the pension

In DIP, the Russian foreign Ministry stated that «the amount of the pension diplomats depends on the average monthly salary for the position over the past 12 months and employment history, as well as for all workers in our country.»

Speaking of that, when was the last time he increased the pensions of the employees of the Ministry, the Russian foreign Ministry explained that «the increase of pensions for years of service is carried out by increasing the salaries of employees of the Ministry.» «The last time this happened earlier this year when the salaries of the Russian foreign Ministry has been increased by 4%. Increased, respectively, and pensions», — added in Department.

RIA Novosti interviewed former diplomats told how, in practice, is the case with pensions.

So, Deputy head of the Public chamber of the Russian Federation, former Deputy Secretary General of the UN Sergei Ordzhonikidze announced that pensions for all diplomats are different. «Even after the different pensions. Depends on what country he was, how many times he was Ambassador. Seniority is also important», — he said. «If the person worked in the country with challenging conditions with severe climate or in a war situation, the salary is always paid the premium,» — said Ordzhonikidze. As pointed out by the diplomat, the pension depends on the position that was occupied by people in the foreign Ministry. «Of course, the Deputy Minister of the pension will be higher than that of the Advisor. Those who were in the rank of Ambassador extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, those pension more,» he added.

«The majority of heads of departments and all Deputy Ministers, of course, have the rank of Ambassador extraordinary and Plenipotentiary. They retired, usually leave the medical care of office of the President is the only benefit,» said Ordzhonikidze.

In turn, the former Russian Ambassador to Norway, Japan and South Korea, chief researcher of the Institute of USA and Canada studies Alexander Panov noted that «the pension of a diplomat is virtually indistinguishable from standard pensions». «Of course there are categories of diplomats who held high equated with public office positions, the number of ambassadors in large countries, awarded the order – they, of course, the pension is somewhat higher. And so, in others it is quite common, as public servants,» he said.

The effects of changes in pension legislation

Commenting on the topic of how the government’s proposal to change the retirement age could affect Russian diplomats, the foreign Ministry explained that «in accordance with the Federal law of may 23, 2016 # 143 age for old-age pension for civil servants raised to 65 years for men and 63 for women.»

«Thus, the pension reform proposed by the government of the Russian Federation for the total population, was already applied to the Russian civil service, including employees of the foreign Ministry, from January 2017», — concluded the Department of the Russian foreign Ministry.

According to former diplomats, the change in pension legislation will not affect the work of their colleagues in the Ministry of foreign Affairs of Russia.

Ambassador extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation Pyotr Stegny, who previously held the post of Russian Ambassador to Turkey, Israel, Kuwait, said RIA Novosti that «he went somewhere in the 66 years of retirement». «And this is a normal age 65-66 years. I know a lot of ambassadors who have gone on to that age,» he said. According to Stegniy, according to the foreign Ministry practice, it often happens that the ambassadors continue to work at their jobs until the age of 65, and sometimes longer. «If the person is abroad, and he reached the level of Ambassador or messenger, then, depending upon the business expediency, it can continue to leave the country. If he has already acquired bonds or there is some important stage in the development of relations with the country, you can extend», — he shared.

Former Deputy UN Secretary-General Ordzhonikidze said that today in the foreign Ministry and 60 years retire, the average and younger group. «And so to 65 work. That is, at the senior diplomatic staff raising the retirement age will not affect» — he said.

In turn, former Ambassador Panov noted that for diplomats it is quite acceptable to raise the retirement age to 65 years, «because people have experience, skills and are able to pass the youth, and are still ready to work actively». «On the other hand, if the older generation will hold all the Executive posts, for young people will be less likely to move forward. But overall, I think that for diplomats – it’s perfectly acceptable figure,» he concluded.

Now the standard age of retirement in Russia is 60 and 55 years for men and women respectively prescribed by law the retirement age established in the 1930-ies. The question of raising the retirement age has been discussed for quite some time. The need for this is caused by growing life expectancy and the inability to provide a decent pension in circumstances when the number of employees in the country decreases, while the number of pensioners, by contrast, is growing. Today, in most countries the retirement age is 60-65 years.