ROSTOV-NA-DONU, Russia -- Two participants in a hunger strike started by retired miners in Russia's Rostov region last week have been hospitalized in serious condition.
RFE/RL's Russian Service reports that 61-year-old Anatoly Razbeiko is in hospital with severe high blood pressure and serious impairment of his organs.
Another hunger striker, 73-year-old Irina Karnova, was hospitalized on December 6.
There are currently five retired miners still on hunger strike in the town of Zverevo, near Rostov-na-Donu. They are demanding that they receive benefits, including reduced heating prices, that are guaranteed by legislation but which they are not getting.
One hunger striker, Aleksandr Stashkov, told RFE/RL that more retired miners have expressed their readiness to join the protest action.