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Protest In Eastern Russia Over Utility Price Hikes

There have been protests in Angarsk for several months

There have been protests in Angarsk for several months

IRKUTSK -- Protests were held on February 8 in southeastern Russia against increases in utility costs, RFE/RL's Russian Service reports.

The "separate" demonstrations, which were organized by the Communist Party, were held in the city of Irkutsk by activists from the town of Angarsk. Dozens of protesters held single-person protests in front of the Irkutsk Oblast government building.

If protesters are spaced out far enough from each other then the demonstrations do not require the advance approval of local authorities.

The protesters demanded that local authorities curb the recent rises in utility fees, which have nearly doubled.

Angarsk citizens have for several months been holding similar protest actions without any result.

Irkutsk regional authorities have launched an investigation into the activities of the Angarsk town administration to determine the reasons for the abrupt rise in utility fees.

Some protesters told RFE/RL that similar demonstrations will be held in Irkutsk, the regional capital, by people from other towns and cities in Irkutsk Oblast.

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