Commissioner for Human Rights in Irkutsk Region Valeriy Lukin appealed to the Governor of Irkutsk Region and the Chairman of the Legislative Assembly with a request to set up a working group before submitting the draft law On the Amount of the Subsistence Minimum of a Pensioner in Irkutsk Region in 2017.
Valeriy Lukin had repeatedly drawn attention of authorities to the need for introducing a real amount of cost of living for pensioners which could lead them out of poverty. According to the Commissioner, the actual cost of living for a pensioner should not exceed the one provided by a regional law. For instance, in 2014, the established amount was RUB 6,354, while the actual one for the north territories was RUB 7,988. In 2015, they were RUB 7,161 and RUB 9,630, respectively.
Adapted from the Press Service of the Commissioner for Human Rights in Irkutsk Region