>> Desolation, coal, and frigid cold. This is Vorkuta, Russia, a place so remote that there are no roads to get here, only a train and a couple of planes. The life expectancy for a man born in 2005 in this place is only 56, many die much sooner. And that's a problem because the Russian government is raising their retirement age to 60.
> I'll grin and bear it.>> No, I'll drink.
The demonstration drew about a thousand people over summer. But with the long winter coming, that's probably gonna stop. Reuters Polina Ivanova met him on a recent trip there.>> So a lot of people watching this will be wondering why people don't just leave Vorkuta. It's not as easy as that.
Apartments don't sell because everybody wants to leave the city rather than move there. And jobs are very hard to find in Central Russia, especially in the professions that people have developed in the Arctic. I went to apartments that people have abandoned in Vorkuta. And clothes, books, shoes, everything, they just lie strewn across the floor.
People leave everything and go. It is not just in Vorkuta that people are unhappy with this reform. Protests have swept Russia in recent months. It doesn't quite threaten Vladimir Putin's rule, but it has taken some percentage points off his popularity rating.>> President Vladimir Putin shepherded through these reforms in an effort to balance the budget made worse by Western sanctions.
60 years old is actually a concession, further south it's 65, but the lifespan is also higher there. For women, the retirement age in Vorkuta is going to be a little lower, 55, not that it's much comfort.>>