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Striking Russian Miners Threaten Drastic Action

Vladivostok, Russia, July 26 (RFE/RL) -- Striking coal miners in the Russian far east are threatening to throw themselves down mine shafts and block the Trans-Siberian railway in a dispute over unpaid wages.

Pyotr Kiryasov, head of a trade union committee of coal workers, told Itar-Tass news agency that the situation had reached the boiling point.

He said action would begin if the Russian government failed to acknowledge the miners' problems.

Managers say about 9,000 people have joined the strike, stopping production at most coal mines of the Primorye region in the Russian Far East.