The Pension Fund of the Russian Federation develops interstate and intergovernmental cooperation in the area of public pension benefits and mandatory pension insurance and participates in the elaboration and enforcement of social security treaties and agreements with foreign states as a part of its functions.

International cooperation of PFR aims to create a positive image of the country as a socially oriented state the primary objective of which is to create conditions for decent living standards and free development of a person, state support to families, maternity, fatherhood and childhood, persons with disabilities and senior citizens, to develop the system of social services, to assign state pensions, benefits and other social protection guarantees, and to guarantee every citizen social security on the grounds of old age, disability, loss of breadwinner, raising of children and in other cases established by law.

PFR representatives actively participate in the activities of intergovernmental and interdepartmental commissions and other social security and pension insurance agencies interacting with foreign states.

The Fund’s functions also include establishing relations and developing partnership with representative offices of international organizations in the Russian Federation and diplomatic missions of foreign states in the field of social security and pension insurance.

PFR is an organizer of international conferences and seminars attended by representatives of foreign states in the territory of the Russian Federation:

  • 2002/ Moscow – ISSA International Conference of Social Security Actuaries and Statisticians
  • 2005/ Moscow – ISSA International Conference of Information and Communication Technologies
  • 2007/ Moscow – co-organizer of the ISSA World Social Security Forum
  • 2010/ Svetlogorsk – 19th Baltic Social Security Conference with a theme ‘Pension systems’ development trajectory: fulfilling public obligations’.
  • 2011/ Moscow- an international seminar ‘Main development trends in pension systems in the contemporary world’.
  • 2014/St. Petersburg – a technical seminar of the BRICS project of the International Social Security Association (ISSA).

Fund employees represent Russia at similar events held abroad.

PFR has established and is developing partnerships with many foreign social security and pension insurance organizations, most fruitfully, with European states, Germany and Poland in the first turn.

Since the day of its establishment, PFR has been engaged in large-scale cooperation with Germany’s Deutsche Rentenversicherung Bund in main areas of the organization’s activity under the protocols signed annually.

In the past two years, the Fund has been maintaining fruitful business contacts with Poland’s Zakład Ubezpieczeń Społecznych (ZUS). An agreement was reached to sign a cooperation memorandum in 2011.

In 2011 the Russian Pension Fund and the Swedish Pensions Agency signed a cooperation memorandum. Bilateral contracts highlighted the following issues:

  • notional accounts, legislative structure;
  • actuarial valuation of notional accounts;
  • сall centers;
  • pension insurance information and operational systems;
  • administering;
  • types of interaction with insured individuals.

PFR maintains bilateral partner relations with social security agencies from the UK, Israel, Spain, Finland, Central and East European countries, Latin American and Asia Pacific states and sporadically interacts with all leading countries of the world.

Negotiations on broadening the range of bilateral cooperation with social security and pension agencies from Hungary, Finland, France and Croatia were conducted in 2015.

1. International Social Security Association (ISSA)

Since 1992, the Pension Fund of the Russian Federation has been a full member of the International Social Security Association. The PFR Board chairman is a member of the ISSA Bureau and the ISSA Nominating/Election Committee. A.V. Drozdov has been a member of the Bureau and the Committee since 2008. Membership in the Association enables PFR to participate in every major international event dedicated to social security and pension insurance, to establish and develop partnerships with social security organizations, and to use best available pension practices of leading countries of the world in its activity.

2. International Association of Pension and Social Funds (IAPSF)

PFR is also a member of the International Association of Pension and Social Funds comprising pension and social funds of CIS and Baltic countries. Since 2001 the Association has been chaired by PFR Board First Deputy Chairman A.V. Kurtin. The Fund interacts with social and pension agencies of countries of the Community of Independent States and the Baltic republics within the IAPSF framework.

3. International Organizations

The Fund maintains bilateral contacts with the following organizations:

The International Labor Organization (ILO)

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)

The World Bank

The International Monetary Fund (IMF)

Committees of the Council of Europe

Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU)

 The Fund holds consultative meetings with leading specialists from international financial and national institutions involved in social security and pension insurance matters in regard to reforms of the pension system.

4. The Baltic Conference on Social Security

PFR is a member of the Baltic Conference on Social Security. The Fund organized Conference events held in St. Petersburg in 1999 and in Svetlogorsk in 2010, and PFR delegations annually participate in Conference meetings.

PFR is a winner of International Social Security Association Award

The Pension Fund of the Russian Federation won the contest “Best European Practice 2010” held by the International Social Security Association (ISSA).

An award in the nomination “Public Services based on Social Security Cards” (a priority sphere: information and communication technologies as a strategic management tool) was presented to PFR Board Chairman Anton Drozdov at the ISSA European Regional Security Forum* (Warsaw, Poland, March 3-5, 2010).

In their comments on the award presented to PFR, independent international jury members praised the Pension Fund’s initiative to introduce electronic social security cards to guarantee services to a majority of the population and to provide citizens’ access to their rights through efficient widely spread structural and administrative practices.