In Podolsk, pensioners say they would be hit hard by the second phase of the change, which beginning in 2006 will eliminate housing, telephone and electricity subsidies.
The monthly cash stipend for transportation is 200 rubles a month, or about $7.
"This is humiliating. I don't need those paltry 200 rubles that are thrown to me like a dog," said retiree Rimma Trunova, 67.
Raisa Grishina, 65, said she spent 30 rubles a day riding the bus to visit her parents. "We're going to be literally spending our entire pension on what used to be covered by these benefits," she said.
On a downtown street corner, Raisa Korabelnikova broke into tears as she squatted over a box of garlic, carrots and tomatoes from her garden she was selling to supplement her pension.