The speaker did not find good alternatives to raising the retirement age

Moscow. December 9. The Minister of economic development Alexei Ulyukayev believes that an alternative to raising the retirement age – only a reduced pension, but it’s a bad alternative.

“I think we will have one way or another to this issue to come back. An alternative to raising the retirement age we have is the reduction of the replacement ratio, i.e. the decline in real pensions. But I think it’s objectionable alternative in the social, political and economic sense,” he told reporters on Wednesday.

“So you’ll have to do it. How to do, in what time sequence, how fast is the question, which is subject to additional discussion”, – the Minister added.

While the speaker believes that the later system will begin to form, the more radical will be the way to act.

The President’s press Secretary Dmitry Peskov said earlier that the authorities had no plans to raise the retirement age. He also said that has no information about the creation of an expert Council to discuss pension reform.

The newspaper “Kommersant” writes on Tuesday that authorities are intent in February of 2016 to announce the establishment of the Expert Council discussion of pension reform – patterns, designed to prepare public opinion for the increase in the retirement age. Although a final decision on the reform is still pending, we are talking about the running in future Council in January-February 2016 start increasing the retirement age from 2016 first for women younger than born in 1961, and then for the younger men, born in 1971, says the publication.