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    RETIREMENT AGE IN RUSSIA WILL NOT CHANGE

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    MOSCOW, February 3 (RIA Novosti) - The Russian government does not intend to raise the retirement age for Russian citizens, Vice Premier Galina Karelova told reporters when commenting on the relevant Tuesday publications.

    "The program of measures to implement the pension reform envisages no increase in the retirement age," said Karelova.

    The alleged proposals of Pension Fund Chairman Mikhail Zurabov to raise the retirement age by eight years were earlier refuted by Vladimir Vyunitsky, advisor to the chairman of the board.

    "I am authorized to state that such allegations have nothing to do with the Pension Fund's position and that of its leader," said the advisor.

    "Mikhail Zurabov and the Pension Fund have been and still are consistent opponents of raising the retirement age, because this measure is not economically efficient and extremely unpopular socially," said Vyunitsky whose words are cited in a report forwarded to RIA Novosti by the Russian Pension Fund on Tuesday.

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