The Central election Commission (CEC) on 8 August approved three applications for the holding of a referendum on pension reform.
The first was filed by the initiative group of the candidate in mayors of Moscow from “just Russia” Ilya Sviridov. The question in the application is: “for You to the age established by the legislation of the Russian Federation on pension provision as at 1 July 2018, at which there is a right to pension for old age, not changed?”
In addition, the CEC approved the application, which was submitted to the Moscow regional election Commission by the President of the all-Russian Union of public organizations that work with large families Marina Semenova. She offered this question: “do you Support what is established by the legislation of the Russian Federation on pension provision as at 1 July 2018, the age at which there is a right to a retirement pension cannot be increased?”
The Commission also approved the application of the Altay Department of the Communist party. The Communists propose to the referendum question: “do you Agree that the laws of the Russian Federation on pension provision as at 1 July 2018, the age, the achievement of which gives the right to the appointment of insurance old-age pension (for men — 60, women — 55 years), must not be increased?”
The Commission decided that the proposed issues meet the requirements of the law “on referendum”. Now the initiative groups will have 45 days to gather in support of applications at least 2 million signatures of Russians.
Earlier with the initiative of holding a referendum was made by the Communist party. The Communists proposed the question: “do you Agree that in the Russian Federation, the age of eligibility for appointment of insurance old-age pension must not be increased?” However, the CEC rejected party, explaining the decision “incorrect” wording.
- In 2005, President Vladimir Putin ensured that while he headed Russia, the retirement age will not increase.
- 14 June 2018, Prime Minister of Russia Dmitry Medvedev declared about raising the retirement age hard — to 65 years for men and 63 years for women.
- Pension reform will be phased in. The transition period will begin in 2019 and will last until 2028 for men and 2034 for women.
- The vast majority of Russians — 92% — a negative assessment of the pension reform.