Zheleznyak explained the reasons for the addition of the guiding powers in the EP

© RIA Novosti / Vladimir Traveloperator in photobacteria Zheleznyak. Archival photoZheleznyak explained the reasons for the addition of the guiding powers in the EP© RIA Novosti / Vladimir Traveloperator the image Bank

State Duma Deputy Sergei Zheleznyak explained the reasons for addition of the powers of the Deputy Secretary General Council of party «United Russia» and the Chairman of the Commission of the Presidium of the General Council of the party on international activities.

On Thursday, the Presidium of the General Council «United Russia» took the decision to release the Deputy Secretary of the party’s General Council Sergei Zheleznyak from this post. Zheleznyak also resigned as Chairman of the Commission of the Presidium of the General Council of the party on international activities.

«As the coordinator of the social platform of the party in the last convocation of the state Duma, I have consistently criticized the idea of liberal experts on compulsory increase in the retirement age, considering this approach is economically inefficient and socially unacceptable… So I decided not to support a bill raising the retirement age and withdraw from leadership positions in the party,» Zheleznyak wrote on his page in Facebook.

Now according to the General rules women can retire from 55 years, men – 60 years. In September, the state Duma adopted a law on the gradual increase, starting in 2019, the retirement age for women to 60 years for men to 65 years. Initially, the government proposed to raise the retirement age for women to 63 years, however, Russian President Vladimir Putin has proposed to increase it less dramatically – only to 60 years, as well as to maintain benefits for retirees at the current boundaries of retirement age (55 for women and 60 for men).

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.

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