MOSCOW, February 10 – RIA Novosti. The leader of the Just Russia faction in the State Duma, Sergei Mironov, insists on a return to the solidarity pension system, and attempts to improve it with “pinpoint reforms”, in his opinion, may prove fruitless and undermine Russians' confidence in the state.
In October, Deputy Finance Minister Anton Drozdov said that the ministry hopes to present a draft law on a voluntary pension savings system next year, which is now under interdepartmental approval. At the end of October 2019, the Ministry of Finance, together with the Bank of Russia, presented a new system of voluntary pension savings – a guaranteed pension plan. It is planned that the SPP will be voluntary and provide citizens with the opportunity to independently finance their non-state pension with the support of the state. Accents “All these ideas with funded pensions and voluntary contributions are good when the financial system is completely stable, the middle class is more than 50% of the country's population, stock markets are stable are growing, and poverty is finally vanquished. While all this is not there, it will be optimal to return to a solidarity pension system, “Mironov wrote in his Telegram channel on Wednesday.
He also divided all ideas on reforming the pension system into two groups: “useless and dangerous.” “The first offer citizens to voluntarily form their pension savings in special accounts … Such initiatives become dangerous when contributions cease to be voluntary,” the politician said.
Mironov also believes that the idea of replacing the funded component of pension insurance with individual investment accounts is “extremely unfortunate.” “Nobody knows what will happen to the stock market in 15 years, no one can give reliable forecasts even for one year … Recent polls have shown that 25% of working Russians do not have enough wages for basic needs, another 39% barely stretch their earnings for the most They have nothing to save for their old age. If the pension system is replaced by voluntary contributions, for them it will mean that it is better not to live up to retirement. Such division will blow up society, “the politician explained.
In this regard, according to Mironov, the problem of pension provision “cannot be solved in isolation from the problem of low wages and falling incomes of the population and social inequality.” “The attempts of the Ministry of Finance to improve the pension system by targeted reforms may not only be ineffective, but also destroy the confidence of Russians in the pension system and the state as a whole,” he concluded.