Reports said on Monday that the deputies of the State Duma lower house of Parliament had decided to extend the freezing of the annual increase of military pensions until 2021.
Last year the pension reform affected the vast majority of Russians of the pre-retirement age. The authorities explained the retirement age increase by claiming there was only one way out in the current economic situation. Moreover, officials promised that the reform would significantly improve the lives of retired people who would draw higher pensions and even some benefits. They also thought about the soon-to-retire individuals, who would also get numerous benefits and preferences which have been reported recently by the Pension Fund of Russia. Meanwhile, the government has extended the freezing of the accumulated part of pensions, enacted back in 2014, until 2022. Experts criticized the government one after another: some of them even gave plenty of arguments against and explained why the pension reform was not necessary. Today, it became known that the State Duma deputies decided to extend the freezing of the annual increase of the military pensions through to 2021. Army Putting Forward an Ultimatum Alexander Zhilin, a military observer and retired colonel, believes that the government is conducting a short-sighted policy toward the army. He is confident that the current policy is likely to result in an ultimatum from the Armed Forces. “By their actions, the officials may let the situation degrade to a level of an ultimatum to the authorities on the part of the army. The primary target of existence of a regular army is to be first to face an attack from the outside, even if it is threatening the military’s lives. To hold out until the whole country is mobilized. And now the deputies, who have set sky-high salaries and pensions for themselves, have refused to add this miserable sum to the military’s pensions, small as they are. That is real betrayal. Only people with low social responsibility are capable of such actions,” Zhilin said. He added that all over the world there is a practice of providing the military with all kinds of benefits, while the State Duma makes decisions tainting the image of the Russian Armed Forces. “Even without that the army has already been going through difficult times because of the lack of ideology and strategic objectives,” said Zhilin.