Russian President Vladimir Putin has instructed the Ministry of Labor to raise pensions for Crimeans up to the level of Russian pensions.

Putin said that is must be done as soon as possible.

“All citizens of Russia, and this is the case, legal procedures will soon be completed, should be put in equal conditions,” said Putin to the Labor Minister Maksim Topilin.  “How you will do it- it is your business.  Together with Duma deputies think it over and do it.  And do it as quickly as possible”.

Experts have estimated that in accordance with Putin’s order, pensions for Crimeans may increase by almost two times.