Cover Osteuropa 5/2010

In Osteuropa 5/2010

Being Old in Russia
The Welfare Situation and Social Climate

Ljudmila Presnjakova

Deutsche Fassung


Old age does not have a good reputation in Russian public opinion. The population sees in it a difficult phase of life that is marked by health problems, emotional burdens, and material concerns. The material losses that come with retirement are considerably greater than in the west. Social and cultural isolation increases. Among Russia’s pensioners, authoritarian dispositions and paternalistic orientations are especially pronounced. This is expressed in election behaviour and expectations of the state. But when it comes to defending the social system, Russia’s older citizens are more active than the younger ones.

(Osteuropa 5/2010, pp. 175–190)