Conspiracy of non-silence
Only the lazy does not speak about the indexation of pensions to working pensioners today. Politicians, with the indispensable Vladimir Volfovich in the forefront, are "being delayed" for the sake of PR. The other day the chairman of the State Duma criticized the head of the Ministry of Finance, and not only for pensions, and even in the Accounts Chamber they decided to remember those who are over ...
And it is not at all necessary over 65, because you want to receive indexed pensions earlier. They are earned by honest labor, and no references to the pandemic can be made here.
A few days ago, a sensation spread around all the media: the head of the financial department, Anton Siluanova, is convinced that "a pension is compensation for lost earnings." Compensation, nothing more. And he also believes with conviction that therefore it would be more correct to raise pensions for those who do not work.
I immediately want to cry and shout: "Where is the justice?" In the classic film "Old Men-Robbers", Yuri Yakovlev's voice said off-screen: "Old people are paid a pension for not working." But that was a joke! But Siluanov says everything quite seriously.
As if people did not earn their own retirement, as if for many years this pension does not go much less than what they earned. If they steal from the pension fund and already, apparently, more than once, this is not a reason to so shamelessly humiliate those who created most of what we have today.
And officials have too. And they have, as you know, quite a few: from such steep ministerial salaries, the legendary People's Commissar of Finance Arseny Zverev, most likely, would have sent himself to be shot.
This is not the first time the Ministry of Finance has opposed the indexation of pensions for working pensioners. By the way, not so long ago, the Ministry of Finance, together with allies from other departments, having even pulled up trade union compromisers, actually pushed through the so-called "freeze" of the funded part of pensions until 2023.
It is believed that these savings are now helping to pay pensions to current retirees. As you know, such a system has been operating since 2014, and by all indications, one should not even count on any "defrosting" in the foreseeable future.
If you understand calmly
But now no one, including the minister himself, refers to the eternal lack of funds. Although now they just may really be missing. The budget is being replenished somehow, the ruble has once again been dropped, but this does not help either.
However, what does it have to do with pensioners and pensions, even for working people? They are recorded in a different budget - all of the same Pension Fund. And for its replenishment in times of crisis, it is not a sin to use state reserves.
But in reality everything is not easy: it is necessary to fundamentally change the laws or those who adopted such laws. It's not just that they are now showing activity in front of the general public. It's time to score pre-election points. And all these are emotions, but it would be worthwhile to sort it out calmly.
We quote the Minister of Finance: "Earnings are lost if a person, receiving a pension, also works, even if he receives a little." Sorry, what is your business, Mr. Minister, does someone who has already earned their pension receive a lot or a little?
You, Mr. Minister, are one of the ideologists of the pension reform, have already managed to hammer into the heads of the younger generation that it is they who are now feeding the older. But the older generation is not at all to blame for the fact that what the older generation earned was completely ineptly profiled, you cannot say otherwise, by different governments of the past thirty years with different finance ministers.
And if the country really did not have money for retirement, it would still be possible to understand and accept something. But this is not so, and this has been proven more than once. And working pensioners really need to erect monuments for the fact that they provide additional surplus receipts to the same Pension Fund.
By the way, according to the same Ministry of Finance, wages have been growing lately, and faster than inflation. And what follows from this? Yes, the fact that faster inflation should grow and contributions to the Pension Fund. And the conclusion, and unambiguously contrary to the minister, here, excuse me, suggests itself.
Combinations with indexing
Not long before the Minister of Finance spoke to the State Duma, the needs of working pensioners had already been discussed there. The fact that they will have to index their pensions sooner or later was recognized not only by Yaroslav Nilov, who heads the State Duma's profile committee on labor, social policy and veterans affairs.
Others also admitted, but they all kept saying: no money! In the mouth of any finance minister, this would sound somehow more expected, you must agree. And then the legislators suddenly find out that in order to finally return to the indexation of pensions for working citizens, 400 billion rubles a year will be required at once.
At current exchange rates, this is either less than 5 billion euros, or slightly more than five, but billion dollars. Not so much, with our reserves. But this is exactly how much now, more precisely, as much as 433 billion rubles, at the beginning of the second wave of COVID-19 was lost due to the fall in VAT revenues to the treasury.
And let us be accused of a penchant for conspiracy theories and stupid adherence to conspiracy theory, but the coincidence in the numbers is already very clear. Taking into account the indexation for inflation.
The Ministry of Finance, like the Duma, has no doubts that now it is necessary to focus on supporting non-working pensioners. For this, of course, thanks to them from such non-working people as one of the authors.
She is a non-working pensioner from the Moscow region, who was not deprived of the right to earn a little extra money (by tutoring or by articles in the press). But they are not deprived only because in the Moscow region there is no so-called Sobyanin additional payment for the fact that pensioners do not take other people's jobs - after all, it is better to save them for guest workers.
But indexing will now definitely be deprived, and both authors will not put their minds to how to deal with this. The second one is also now among the victims: the institute's rate was cut by almost half under the very fair pretext that online education does not require such efforts as full-time.
However, this is the lyrics. Let's go back to non-working pensioners. These citizens, according to the Ministry of Finance, are in dire need of state support. Although this is the duty of the state, called social: to support pensioners, and everyone, like everyone in need, from disabled people to nursing mothers and victims of natural disasters.
So where is the justice?
It is especially difficult to calmly react to the reasoning of Mr. Siluanov about justice. Speaking in the State Duma, the head of the financial department did not hesitate to say the following:
The question here is not even about money, probably, but about some kind of justice, when, receiving both wages and a pension, you say: let's also index the pension.
It turns out that just taking away from people not just the promised, but the honestly earned, according to the official, is fair. It seems that with his maxims, the member of the Cabinet of Ministers pretty much puzzled almost everyone in the State Duma and himself asked for a merciless scolding from the head of the lower house of our parliament, Vyacheslav Volodin.
However, Volodin did not focus on the Finance Ministry's combinations with indexation. Meanwhile, for the speech of one of the Duma deputies from the Communist Party, scheduled after the report of the head of the Ministry of Finance, which never took place, the following text was prepared, which has already got into the electronic media:
The minister, declaring justice, does not take into account the fact that many Russians continue to work after retirement not because they want to live richly. Most would gladly go on a well-deserved rest, if not for the meager size of pension payments.
We agree with this conclusion at all 100, and with the fact that living on 10-12, at best 15 thousand per month, is not just difficult, impossible, if you do not sell something from old stocks or do not earn extra money.
Yes, readers will forgive us for repeating, but working citizens have made contributions to the Pension Fund and are now doing everything that they honestly earn. Most of them never dreamed of the notorious envelope payments.
And at the same time, many, even very many (it is enough to visit the graveyards in the Russian provinces) do not live up to retirement. And there are also quite a few employers who have made and are making additional contributions to employees' pensions.
This, by the way, has always been and, it seems, remains the norm in the well-known state farm near Moscow named after the leader of the world revolution. So, is it really worth it to insist so obsessively, albeit on the Duma rostrum, about some kind of charity? Either from the side of the state, or from the younger generation ...