: 'We have no money. Stay well though' - Russian PM discourages Crimean pensioners

12:15 May. 24, 2016

'We have no money. Stay well though' - Russian PM discourages Crimean pensioners

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev (UNIAN Photo)

During his visit to Russia-occupied peninsula Dmitry Medvedev held a meeting with frustrated local citizens

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev paid an illegal visit to Russian-occupied Crimea on May 22. During his stay on the peninsula Medvedev had a meeting with local citizens, who complained about low pensions. During the conversation people said, it was impossible to survive with the amount of money they received.

"Prices in Crimea are insanely high, we are so tired of that! What pension we get is absolutely nothing, they walk all over us", an angry woman stated.

Read also: Crimea - a rehab destination for Russian-backed separatist troops

The answer she received from the Prime Minister was quite laconic. Medvedev claimed Russia had no money and wished "all the best" to the people.

"We don't have money now. But you hold on, I wish you all the best, good mood and good health", Medvedev said in response to the complaints.

Read also: Bloomberg: Putin walks fiscal tightrope as era of deficits seen to 2020

Medvedev explained, similar problems existed in every region of the Russian Federation. So the government couldn't raise pensions just in Crimea. He promised to increase the payments when Moscow finds money.

Earlier Ukrainian media outlets reported, Kremlin refused to provide pensions for Crimean citizens, who didn't have Russian passports.

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