Putin Softens On Retirement Age Overhaul

In a rare televised address Wednesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin offered some concessions on a package of pension changes that have dinged his approval ratings. Putin said the new retirement age for women will be raised to 60 from the current 55, instead of the 63 previously proposed. However, he did not offer to change the proposed figure for men, which is rising from 60 to 65.

Here & Now's Lisa Mullins discusses with Sergey Kozlovsky of the BBC Russian Service in Moscow.

This BBC interview can be heard in the Here & Now podcast or with the WBUR app.


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