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Jan 22, 2021
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Why is Putin lifting age restrictions in the civil service?

Photo: Russian President Vladimir Putin

In the photo: Russian President Vladimir Putin (Photo: Mikhail Klimentyev / TASS)

Vladimir Putin proposed to abolish age limits for civil servants appointed and removed from office by the head of state. The corresponding bill was submitted to the State Duma today. The text of the document appeared in the system for ensuring legislative activity – one of the official resources of the State Duma of the Russian Federation.

The document is supposed to amend part 1 of article 251 of the Federal Law of July 27, 2004 No. 79-FZ. The text of the amendment is as follows:

“For civil servants filling civil service positions, the appointment and release from which are carried out by the President of the Russian Federation, when extending the term of civil service, the restriction associated with reaching the age of 70 does not apply.”

State Duma deputy from the Communist Party Leonid Kalashnikov commented on the president’s initiative, which he considers ambiguous:

– This is a continuation of such a gerontological tradition that has already been established. I observed this from his assistants, who were 70 years old, and they had to leave. And he (Vladimir Putin – ed.) Is still used to them. And I know them personally – both Ushakov, for example, and Levitin – they are very competent intelligent assistants, but they had to leave. He went to break the law and left them.

Is it right or wrong? Legal or illegal? Of course it’s illegal. But from the point of view of morality, how to relate to this? When these are the people who really organize his work, to whom he is accustomed and whom he believes, especially in such delicate matters. This is a different question.

From a moral point of view, this is sometimes true, because there are very subtle questions. For example, if he is an internationalist or on security issues, where you can only trust a person who has been tested – including time -. And at the same time, qualified. But then you have to break the law. And the law cannot be broken. Why, then, is it written? If you violate it even here, in small things, then no one will fulfill it. This prompted him to change this norm.

I myself had an example: a few months ago my chief of staff turned 70 years old. And I had to change him, although he, one might say, is a super professional person in this area. Former general secretary of the IPA CIS, he organized it in St. Petersburg. For a long time he worked with all CIS countries. Dear man, everyone knows him, very qualified. But nevertheless, the law is the law. I had to send him to such semi-public activities where compliance with this norm is not required. He now works as our representative in the CSTO Parliamentary Assembly.

But the fact that this norm is being thawed is a moot point. Someone says that today they began to live happily ever after and the effectiveness of a person at 70 is high. And in this sense, yes – I can say that sometimes a person at 70 is very effective, and sometimes at 30 he has to be sent to a boarding house for pensioners. But this cannot be prescribed by law.

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