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MOSCOW, February 29 (Itar-Tass) —— Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said pensioners who wish to work after retirement should be allowed to do so.
“I want to stress once again that we have no plans to raise the retirement age. But for those who wish to continue working after reaching the retirement age and want to preserve a good income -- we must create additional conditions for them to earn a better pension,” Putin said at a meeting with his confidants and members of the All-Russia People’s Front on Wednesday, February 29.
In his view, good economic stimuli should be created for that but warned that they “must not be imposed but should be stated and offered”.
Putin said that the overall size of pensions will also grow. “We will not allow pensioners to fall into poverty again as before, all of them without exception,” he said.
He promised that all socially vulnerable sections of the population that need help from the government would get all the necessary conditions for decent life and self-realisation.
“We will make social support more targeted and as a result more effective,” he added.
As for pensions, Putin said the government would have to create such a mechanism in a year or two that would guarantee decent life to the elderly.
He said that pensions in Russia would reach the average European level in the future.