Putin proposes bill allowing high-ranking public servants to work until age of 70

Russian President Vladimir Putin has proposed changes to the law "On the state civil service," which raise the age limit for high-ranking officials from 65 to 70, the Kremlin press office said on Tuesday.

"In order to keep highly-qualified senior personnel in public service, the bill allows a federal public servant holding a senior executive position to have his or her tenure extended at the decision of the Russian president until he or she reaches the age of 70," according to a memo to the bill proposed to the State Duma.

"The implementation of the approach proposed by the bill would fit the general trend enshrined in the Russian laws regarding judges, prosecutors and investigators, whose age limit is 70," the document said.

Currently, the federal law "On the state civil service in the Russian Federation" dated July 27, 2004, sets the age limit of a public servant at 60.

The current law does not allow senior executive officials and highly-qualified public workers to stay in job beyond the age of 65.

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