In the “United Russia” forbade party members to criticize the pension reform
Secretary of the General Council of the ruling “United Russia” Andrey Turchak has declared that party members should not criticize the pension reform in Russia and should “mitigate the severity of the issue.” About it writes RBC with reference to the two deputies who participated in a closed press meeting on June 22.
“It is unacceptable that in our ranks there are contradictory opinions. Unfortunately, such single claim of disagreement with the reform and our colleagues in the regions and some of our colleagues – deputies of the State Duma have already been made.
I want to say again that this is unacceptable.
And, of course, the party will be watching closely, and everyone can be sure that each such statement will be made appropriate conclusions”, – quoted Turchak the sources.
Turchak noted that the Chairman of “United Russia”, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev directly addressed to the party to support in the state Duma the initiative of the government.
“We just have to lean our head, and it is the task of all of our colleagues of the party”, he warned.
What threatens the party members, the opposition to the pension reform, the leadership of “United Russia” is not clarified.
Secretary General of the Council added that next week the state Duma will hold in the regions where they should provide “a broad discussion” of the reform proposals and “to formulate substantive proposals for possible adjustments”.
He noted that the MPs should prepare a “meaningful argument” with which they will have to go to the people. According to RBC, the meeting was attended by the curator of the social block of the government, Deputy Prime Minister Tatiana Golikova and the Deputy Minister of labor and social protection Andrey Pudov.
14 June 2018, the Russian government approved the final version of the bill on the gradual increase in the retirement age from 2019. Age of retirement for men will raise to 65 years (to 2028) for women to 63 years (to 2034).
According to poll of research holding “ROMIR”, 92% of Russians do not approve the proposed reform. Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny announced on 1 July protest in 20 cities.
Government measures he called “the usual handful of dozen million people.”
Independent Russian trade unions is also considering the possibility of holding rallies. According to the newspaper “Vedomosti” in the Kremlin is ready to soften reform in the case of mass demonstrations.
First Vice-speaker of the state Duma Alexander Zhukov said that the final version of a bill to raise the retirement age to take the fall, writes TASS.