|[Published: Monday July 02 2018]
Russians protest retirement age hikes
MOSCOW 2 Jul (ANA) - Protests are being held in about 30 Russian cities to express anger at proposals to raise the pension age.
The plan, announced the day the football World Cup began, would see the age raised gradually from 60 to 65 for men, and from 55 to 63 for women.
The government says the changes are needed to cope with a shrinking workforce having to provide for an increasing number of retirees.
But unions warn many people will not live long enough to claim a pension.
Russian men have a life expectancy of 66 while for women it is 77, the World Health Organization says.
An estimated 3,000 people turned out in the Siberian city of Omsk and there have been smaller protests elsewhere.
They included supporters of leading opposition figure Alexei Navalny but also trade unionists, Communists and nationalists.
Writing on Instagram, Mr Navalny said the pension age hike was a "true crime".
"It is common robbery of tens of millions of people under the guise of 'much-needed reform'," he said.
He and others posted pictures of some of the rallies on Twitter.(ANA)
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