Sign up to
news feeds:

Select RSS feed catergory:

The XXI century will be a сentury either of total all-embracing crisis or of moral and spiritual healing that will reinvigorate humankind. It is my conviction that all of us - all reasonable political leaders, all spiritual and ideological movements, all  faiths - must help in this transition to a triumph of humanism and justice, in making the XXI century a century of a new human renaissance.

Русский Русский


Back to the list
1 марта 2012

The Civic Dialogue Forum holds a round table themed “The State, Business, Citizens: How Much will they Contribute to Pension Schemes?”


The Russian Government has plans for yet another pension reform, to be launched in 2014. However, its framework has not been developed yet and the reform itself causes controversy among experts and concerns among the public. The positions of the Health Ministry, authors of the 2020 Programme, the academic community and other expert groups differ widely on a number of fundamental principles, the most contentious underlying issue being the breakdown of responsibilities and contributions to pension plans among the Russian state, business and citizens.

The National Investment Council, the New Economic Association and The Civic Dialogue Forum organiseda round table to discuss the issues of pension reform, including:
• Is it possible to shift the Russian pension system from the minimum subsistence level based scheme to the one based on the standards of the International Labour Organisation?
• Can cutting (elimination) of the State Pension Fund’s deficit be the goal of a pension reform?
• Pros and cons of raising retirement age
• Forced retirement savings: Boon or burden for citizens?
• Should working pensioners be disentitled to their pensions? 
Participants in the discussion included, among others:
Vyacheslav Bobkov, General Director of OAO All-Russian Centre for Living Standards;
Yevgeny Gontmakher, Deputy Director of the Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO), the Russian Academy of Sciences;
Ruslan Grinberg, Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences,
Boris Kashin, State Duma Deputy, Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences;
Alexander Lebedev, Chairman of the Board of Directors, ZAO National Reserve Corporation;
Lyudmila Rzhanitsyna, Chief Researcher at the Institute of Economics, the Russian Academy of Sciences;
Alexander Rubinshtein, Deputy Director of the Institute of Economics, the Russian Academy of Sciences
Arkady Soloviev, Chief Researcher at the Laboratory for Economic Issues of Pension System Development, the Institute of Economics, the Russian Academy of Sciences.
Some of the leading media also had their members participating in the round table discussion.

See also:
Key discussions held within the framework of The Civic Dialogue Forum:
The Civic Dialogue Forum. 14 April 2011 



The eighth and last leader of the Soviet Union, he was the General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union from 1985 until 1991. 10 August 2021
Archie Brown. Re-evaluation of the huge achievements of the perestroika years, as well as the failures during them and since, is an unfinished task
This article has been publushed in Russian in Rossiya v globalnoy politike journal, #3. 2021. 11 June 2021
Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Joe Biden will meet in Geneva on June 16. Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev told Interfax special correspondent Vyacheslav Terekhov in an interview that the main task the two presidents will have to address is restoring strategic stability. 1 June 2021

Gorbachev in the news media