12,000 Russians take to the streets protesting retirement age

Around 12,000 people across the Russian capital of Moscow took to the streets protesting the raise in retirement age.

Demonstrators carried banners reading: “We want to live on our pensions, not die at work.”

The government is considering legislation that would raise the retirement age to 65 for men by 2028, and 63 for women by 2034. This would help cope with a shrinking workforce. Currently, the retirement age for men and women is 60 and 55 years, respectively.

The World Healthy Organisation says that Russian men have a life expectancy of just 66, while for women it’s 77. This means that retirement age practically matches life expectancy, which means that quite a few people will not even live long enough to claim a pension.

More than 2.8 million people have signed a petition against the reform on change.org.