Russian President Vladimir Putin today signed the controversial law that reforms the pension system in Russia to raise the retirement age, the Kremlin reported.
Putin only took a few hours to enact the law after the Council of the Russian Federation, the Upper House of Parliament, adopted the reform on Wednesday, the penultimate step before its entry into force.
The Duma, the House of Representatives, had already adopted the reform last week and softened it slightly at Putin's request in the face of the wave of protests that prompted the measure in the country.
The Legislative introduced some changes in the reform, the main one that raises the retirement age for women in five years, up to 60, instead of the eight that the government project contemplated.
During the parliamentary procedure, the reform, which foresees a period of transition until 2034, has left intact the increase in the retirement age for men (from 60 to 65 years).
According to different surveys, between 80 and 90% of Russians reject the reform of the pension system, which was reflected in the poor electoral results of the ruling party United Russia (UK) in recent regional elections
The Kremlin party has admitted that one of the causes of its debacle in regional elections, in which United Russia fell both in regions of European Russia and in Siberia or the Far East, was the controversial reform of pensions.