Russian pensioners can not be called poor only with the formal approach, said Deputy Prime Minister Olga Golodets. Thus she commented on the words of the Minister of labour Maxim Topilin said earlier, that in Russia there are poor pensioners.
Golodets said that pensioners who do not need to share their income with other family members, usually do not poor. However, “it is formally — because to live on 12-15 thousand… extremely difficult,” said Golodets.
Wednesday afternoon Topilin declared that pensioners “we have no poor”. From the point of view of formal evidence,” he said, explaining that all pensioners receive additional payments to the subsistence level.
However, the situation changes if the family pensioner has three children, said the head of the Ministry of labor. “Therefore, we believe that it is necessary not to increase benefits and do not create new, and to move towards what is possible and normal for raising the minimum wage to the subsistence minimum”, — he said.