The government announced its plans last month to raise the retirement age, for men from 60 to 65 and for women from 55 to 63, to ease pressure on state coffers from an ageing population and weak economic growth made worse by the impact of sanctions.
“I do not want them to prolong my youth. I want to earn what I worked for. I worked, and I paid my (pension) contributions. All of a sudden I learn that I will not be able to use them for my living,” Moscow resident Oleg Kovalenko said.