Russian Pension Fund Board Chairman Maxim Topilin and Rossotrudnichestvo head Yevgeny Primakov have signed a cooperation agreement.

Consistent with this document, the Pension Fund working together with Rossotrudnichestvo offices will be informing fellow citizens residing outside Russia about the procedure and terms of receiving social benefits and pensions on the basis of Russian laws and international agreements.

The agreement envisages virtual consultations for pensioners and pre-retirees who live abroad and qualify for social benefits. The consultations will first be organized for Russian pensioners living in Israel.

“For now, PFR specialists annually spend one or two weeks in Israel and Latvia for consultation purposes. Thousands of people make appointments with the specialists during each of those trips. This practice will continue alongside virtual consultations,” PFR Board Chairman Maxim Topilin said.

“As you are aware, the pandemic had forced many countries, including Russia, to shift work and study processes online, which gave a boost to the development of information technologies. The agreement with the Russian Pension Fund gives us new opportunities of work with fellow citizens; now we will be able to help people solve pressing social problems not only by word but also by deed, using modern technologies,” Yevgeny Primakov said.

The agreement between the Pension Fund and Rossotrudnichestvo is open-ended.

Payments from the Russian Pension Fund are received by 342,000 pensioners in 122 countries. Most recipients of Russian pensions live in Germany (97,700), Israel (56,100), Abkhazia (32,800), Belarus (25,400), Latvia (22,700), and the United States (21,300).

Rossotrudnichestvo operates 97 offices in 80 countries.

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