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Russia: Far East Workers Begin Strike

Vladivostok, 16 September 1996 (RFE/RL) - More than 20,000 power and transport workers in the Russian Far East Primorye region today began what they say will be an indefinite strike over millions of dollars of unpaid wages.

The strike, which began at mid-day, came after the workers rejected a last-minute appeal by local government administrators.

The strikers -- some 15,000 at the Dalenegro power enterprise, and 8,000 at Primoravtotrans, the region's largest transport company -- say they are owed some 130 billion rubles in unpaid wages.

They have appealed to the Russian government to investigate the finances of the regional administration, which they blame for the problem. The workers have also called for the resignation of regional governor, Yevgeny Nazdratenko.