Contentious pension reform in Russia: Putin responds to public outcry over raising retirement age with televised address to nation

Vladimir Putin has urged his people to reconcile themselves to painful state pension reforms, warning that a delay to the plans to hike the retirement age would place an intolerable burden on the Russian economy.

Comment: “His people”? Would the author write “Taoiseach Varadkar has urged his people…” ?? They’re Russian CITIZENS, and he’s the elected president of Russia.

“Any other approach would be irresponsible and dishonest,” the Russian president said in a televised address to the nation on Wednesday.

It had been widely expected that Mr Putin would eventually intervene to calm the political storm that erupted when Dmitri Medvedev, the Russian prime minister, submitted a Bill to parliament in June raising the retirement age from 60 to 65 for men and from 55 to 63 for women.

Opinion polls indicate that the overwhelming majority of Russians oppose the measures, which have contributed to a dip in Mr Putin’s approval ratings.

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