Print Edition - 2018-07-29  |  World News Digest

Thousands of Russians protest against pension age hike


Jul 29, 2018-

Tens of thousands of Russians took part Saturday in rallies across the country organised by Communists to protest against highly controversial plans to hike the pension age. In Moscow, organisers said up to 100,000 people gathered for a permitted rally against the government-backed reform, which is currently going through parliament. However observers put the turnout much lower. Protests took place in dozens of cities and towns in far eastern Russia and Siberia. Around 1,200 people rallied in the Siberian city of Novosibirsk, TASS state new agency reported. The draft law calls for the pension age to be gradually raised to 63 for women and 65 for men, up from the current Soviet-era norms of 55 for women and 60 for men.

Published: 29-07-2018 08:46

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