– On the basis of an agreement between Estonia and Russia, the Estonian Social Insurance Institution (SKA) pays Russian pensions to eligible residents after receiving adequate funds from the Russian side, explained Kati Kumnik, head of the SKA benefits department.
– According to our information, Russia tried to make the payment twice, but ultimately failed Kumnik added.
Over 4,000 people without benefits
In the third quarter of 2022, Russian pensions should be paid to 4,061 Estonian residents, reports the ERR portal. 83 percent the persons entitled to this benefit also receive an Estonian old-age pension, on average they receive a total of EUR 519 per month. 17 percent people who only receive the Russian benefit receive an average of 79 euros per month.
If Russia fails to provide adequate funding, Estonia will not take over its pension obligations, according to an article published on Tuesday on the ERR portal. Added that pensioners living in Russia entitled to Estonian benefits received their money on timebecause Estonia has fulfilled its contract and transferred the money for the payouts.
“The simplest solution”
– The simplest solution to this situation would be the payment of the due sum by Russia – explains Kumnik. He supplements that people whose income falls below the subsistence level may receive an allowance, and pensioners who receive benefits below the minimum pension (EUR 275.34) will receive compensation up to this amount