August 8th, 2008

Deduction of Russian pensions from social security payments

Berlin – The Federal Government is of the opinion that Russian pensions must be credited against social security payments as a matter of principle. In reply to a parliamentary question by the Greens, the Government said that this also applied to the Jewish immigrants from the former Soviet Union and referred to the Twelfth Book of the Social Security Code (SGB XII) which provides that only payments under German Restitution Laws are exempt from being credited against social security payments. However, on its website the Government points out that the SGB XII requires social security offices to determine in each individual case whether a Russian old age pension "comprises parts that must be exempt from being credited against social security payments." (08.08.2008)