Staunton, May 18 – At present, according to official Russian government statistics, 39 percent of Russians die before reaching the age at which they can receive a pension (ru-mir.net/2018/05/15/39-rossiyan-ne-dozhivayut-do-60-let/
Indeed, using Rosstat life expectancy tables, a majority of Russian men in 38 of the country’s 85 (including occupied Crimea and Sebastopol) regions will die before being entitled to claim a pension, with most of those being in predominantly ethnic Russian areas (vologda-poisk.ru/people-news/обо-всём/v-kakih-regionah-bolee-poloviny-muzhchin-ne-dozhivut-do-pensii).
Opposition leaders have already come out against such a boost in the retirement age (krizis-kopilka.ru/archives/52600), but perhaps more seriously, some analysts now say that such an action could lead to a revolt precisely among older Russians who up to now form the core of the Putin majority (babr24.com/msk/?IDE=176690).
Even if such predictions are overstated, that could present the regime with a problem especially if it becomes obvious that raising the retirement age will disproportionately benefit Moscow and other large cities and non-Russian and especially non-Orthodox (that is, Muslim) groups.
Indeed, ethnic Russians may view any such government raising of the pension age as part and parcel of a continuing Moscow-orchestrated genocide of the Russian people, a perspective promoted by many Russian nationalist groups and one that could empower them, something especially dangerous given their greater willingness to use violence.