About 2,500 people took part in a rally in Moscow over plans to raise the pension age, the press service of the Interior Ministry’s Main Directorate in Moscow told TASS on Sunday.
"A rally coordinated with the Moscow authorities is underway in Academician Sakharov Avenue. About 2,500 people participate. Police and National Guard units are ensuring law and order," the press service said.
Earlier reports said that two rallies against government proposals to raise the retirement age were planned for July 28 and 29. Up to 10,000 people said they would attend on each of the days. According to the Interior Ministry, the Saturday’s rally brought together 6,500 people.
Bill to hike Russia’s retirement age
The government-proposed bill passed the first reading in the State Duma on July 19. After that, a large-scale discussion on the suggested legislation will continue and proposals on the draft law will be collected and subsequently registered as amendments for the second reading that will be held in autumn. The term of submitting amendments has been extended from August 18 to September 24.
The Russian government announced that the revenues, which the retirement age hikes will generate, would be channeled into increasing pensions for current pensioners. According to the government, the bill’s adoption will provide higher pensions for non-working citizens by an average of 1,000 rubles ($16) from 2019.
Under the plans, the pension age will be gradually raised from 60 to 65 for men and from 55 to 63 for women to help cope with shrinking workforce.