The Kremlin explained why Putin decided to speak out on pension reform in a televised address
Russian President Vladimir Putin decided to Express his point of view on changes of the pension reform in the format of a televised address due to the resonance of the topic, said the press Secretary of the head of state, Dmitry Peskov.
“Given the responses that there are, given the discussions that revolved around the retirement of these initiatives and taking into account the resonance of this theme, the President believed that he needed to be spelled out and openly his point of view,” — said the representative of the Kremlin to the question “Kommersant FM”.
Vladimir Putin will speak on pension reform in the format of a televised address on August 29. Speech of the President is not yet known.
The President first spoke on the issue of changes to pension legislation July 20. Then he said that none of the proposed options for raising the retirement age does not like.
On 19 July the state Duma in the first reading approved the government’s bill to raise the retirement age. The document envisages a gradual increase in the retirement age (to 65 by 2028 for men and 63 years by 2034 for women). The initiative has angered many citizens. On 28 and 29 July in several cities of Russia held rallies against planned reforms.