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Putin sends clear message, this will be last term as Russian President (Video)

In a televised address to Russian citizens, President Vladimir Putin proposed moves that would ease the transition to a new pension system. Such moves included making it illegal to fire employees approaching retirement age.

Putin acknowledged that in the early 2000s, he was against any changes to the Russian pension system and promised that there would not be any changes as long as he was in office, but now the Russian President feels that the country and its institutions are secure enough to undergo a needed pension overhaul.

Putin stated that his past refusal to tackle the thorny issue of pension reform was a sound position due to the high unemployment rate, poverty, galloping inflation, and relatively low life expectancy.

Putin has successfully lifted Russia out of near collapse in the early 2000’s, and steered the economy to inch ever closer towards becoming independent of western pressure, which has seen the United States leverage its financial strength to wage sanction warfare against foes and allies alike.

The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris discuss Putin’s decision to address Russia’s pension issues, and the clear signal this sends to the Russian people regarding Putin’s final term in office, and the legacy he plans to pass on to his eventual successor.

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Via RT

Putin asked the Russian people to treat with understanding the changes – including the bill on the increase in the retirement age that was passed by the State Duma on the first reading on July 19 – as they will allow the pension system to maintain its financial stability for many years. The president said the reform will allow retirement payments to remain on the same level, and he promised that in the future they will be raised, both for current and future retirees.

He criticized proposals to address the looming deficit in the pension system by raising taxes or using state funds accumulated in previous years, saying that these measures would only postpone the inevitable changes.

The president said he understands that retirement and state pensions are issues of critical importance for millions of people, so he decided to personally detail the circumstances that make the changes necessary. Putin said he wanted to present some of his own proposals that he considered “of principal importance.”

The president’s amendments include introducing the category of citizens of “pre-retirement age,” which would be five years before the retirement age set by the new law. These people will be given additional guarantees of keeping their jobs, including criminal liability for employers who fire workers approaching retirement age without valid reasons. Putin also proposed doubling unemployment benefits for people of pre-retirement age.

The president did not object to the planned increase in the retirement age for men from 60 to 65, but noted that, in his opinion, the increase for women should also be five years instead of eight, as the current draft stipulates. If Putin’s amendments are passed in the final draft of the bill, women will officially retire at 60.

Putin also promised that before the reform is fully completed, pensioners will keep all tax benefits, and state payments and payments to some categories – like pensioners who live in rural areas – would be increased.

Another proposal is to reduce the employment record needed for early retirement, which is available for certain professions, to 42 years for men and 37 years for women.

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James Johnson
James Johnson
September 5, 2018

Putin set an example that American politicians should follow. Unfortunately unlike Putin our politicians do not represent the citizens that vote for them . Instead they do the bidding of our Oligarchs.

veth
veth
September 5, 2018
veth
veth
September 5, 2018

https://youtu.be/4RMriNMV2xI

Omsk, a failed Russian city……………………………

rosewood11
rosewood11
September 5, 2018

I’ve said this elsewhere, but look now, people!!! You are privileged to be alive at the same time as a REAL MAN!!! That man is Vladimir Putin, and I can only hope that God sends him a successor with a double portion of his spirit. Living in the west, we’ve had anything but “real men” to lead our government. We’ve had self-agrandizing, war-mongering, jazzholes whose only concern is the thickness of their own wallets. The murder wantonly, ship and sell drugs endlessly, and still manage to leave massive debt for the common man to deal with. There’s never been such… Read more »

veth
veth
September 5, 2018

During the Normandy Format talks in Minsk in February 2015, Russian President Vladimir Putin threatened to “crush” the Ukrainian troops. This is mentioned in a memoir by former French president François Hollande titled “Lessons of Power”. Thumbnail “Poroshenko and Putin constantly raised their voices with each other. The Russian president was so worked up, that he started threatening to decisively crush his counterpart’s forces. This showed that there are Russian troops in eastern Ukraine. Putin suddenly realized, and got a grip on himself,” excerpt from the book reads. Hollande notes that Poroshenko defended Ukraine’s sovereignty, whereas the head of the… Read more »

Deenstryk
Deenstryk
September 5, 2018

Unmentioned is the very well-thought out decision to lower the pension age for women who bear three — or four — children, which will inspire more younger women to procreate in a country that needs more people.

Ivan Freely
Ivan Freely
September 5, 2018

This was bound to happen. The biggest worry is if the next leader will be as strong as Putin.

christianblood
christianblood
September 5, 2018

Dear President Putin:

One more term please! Russia needs you! The world needs you!
Stand and win one more term please!

AM Hants
AM Hants
September 5, 2018

Legend of the 21st century. He has given everything to his nation and when his term is over, so deserves some time to enjoy his life, that suits him. People say, what happens when President Putin steps down. Easy, if the people of Russia have learnt lessons, there is enough talent in Russia, to carry on his legacy. If people wish to remember the Yeltsin Era, with fondess, it is their choice whether to keep Russia strong and determined. Or for times to go back to the Yeltsin Era. Personally, I trust the people of Russia, not to go bak… Read more »

Rostislav Velká Morava
Rostislav Velká Morava
September 5, 2018

Like Putin, only Viktor Orban of Hungary and Miloš Zeman of the Czech Republic have power of decision, in Europe. It is not a coincidence that they are also very friendly with Russia.

Gio Con
Gio Con
September 5, 2018

Even with the reforms, Russia has a better retirement system than the US. And politicians here keep threatening to wreck ours even more.

Seán Murphy
Seán Murphy
September 5, 2018

The retirement age is lower in Russia than in most countries of Western Europe. Retirement ages are being in creased here in W E, too. The aim here, is to have a retirement age of seventy. Our governments have been quite outspoken about it, with no almost no public pushback against it.

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