Despite calls from some minority-party deputies, the State Duma voted overwhelmingly on Thursday to adopt the first reading of controversial legislation that would raise Russia's retirement age from 60 to 65 for men by 2028, and from 55 to 63 for women by 2034. Public opinion polls show that Russians largely oppose this proposal. After the reforms were announced, Vladimir Putin’s re-election rating slipped to 54 percent in late June — his lowest score since before Russia annexed Crimea. Deputies were reportedly told to refrain from criticizing Vladimir Putin during debate on the legislation’s first reading. The final vote tally was 328 in favor and 104 opposed. Reporting the news that State Duma lawmakers have adopted the first reading of the legislation, several pro-Kremlin and government-controlled news outlets ran headlines that left out the most important thing about the bill: it would raise the retirement age.
(TASS has also renamed its “Pension Reform” trending news section to “Pension Law”)
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