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Commissioner in Tomsk Region helped pensioner to recover holiday compensation

10 August 2016

Rights of a northern village resident to compensation for expenses incurred while travelling to the place of his holiday have been protected through legal proceedings. The pensioner of the village of Parabel has been reimbursed for travelling costs after interference of Commissioner for Human Rights in Tomsk Region Elena Kartashova.

Pensioners living on territories equated to regions of the Extreme North have the right to be reimbursed for a round-trip ticket to the place of their holiday within the Russian Federation once in two years. However, the pensioner, who petitioned the Commissioner, had gone abroad for his vacation, so, the regional Department of the Pension Fund refused his claim for compensation.

Considering that state guarantees are given to the northerners to compensate them for the material and physical related to their living in extreme climatic conditions, Elena Kartashova has drawn a conclusion that the refusal of the Pension Fund discriminates pensioners based on their choice of a place for a holiday.

Given that, the Commissioner has also taken into consideration the judicial practice proving that in case a pensioner goes on holiday abroad, he or she shall be reimbursed for travelling costs on the territory of Russia. The Commissioner addressed the Prosecutor in Tomsk Region with a request to protect rights of the northerner in court. As a result of the investigation, the Prosecutor filed a claim to court in the interests of the pensioner. The court fully satisfied the Prosecutor’s claim and the court’s decision was enforced.

Adapted from the Press Service of the Commissioner for Human Rights in Tomsk Region

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