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Putin instructs Labour Ministry to raise pensions of Crimean residents

March 19, 2014, 16:04 UTC+3 NOVO-OGAREVO
Crimea’s pensions are twice lower Russian level
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Women have their lunch as they watch Russian President Vladimir Putin on the television addressing the Russian Federal Assembly on the Crimean referendum to reunify with Russia outside Simferopol

Women have their lunch as they watch Russian President Vladimir Putin on the television addressing the Russian Federal Assembly on the Crimean referendum to reunify with Russia outside Simferopol

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NOVO-OGARYOVO, March 19. /ITAR-TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin has instructed Labour and Social Protection Minister Maksim Topilin to raise pensions of Crimea’s residents to the Russian level.

“All citizens of Russia should be put in equal conditions,” he said on Wednesday.

At the moment, Crimea’s pensions are two times lower. There are 677,000 pensioners in Crimea and Sevastopol.

On Tuesday, Russia signed the agreement on the accession of the Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol.

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