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Air-Traffic Controllers In Vladivostok Join Protest

VLADIVOSTOK -- Air-traffic controllers in the far eastern city of Vladivostok today joined a protest by their colleagues in other Russian cities, RFE/RL's Russian Service reports.

The protest was initiated by air-traffic controllers in Rostov-na-Donu on April 9.

The protesters are demanding a salary increase and the immediate resignation of Valery Gorbenko, the director of Russia's Corporation for the Organization of Air Transportation.

Thirty air-traffic controllers in Vladivostok -- almost half of the total contingent -- have joined the protest thus far. They told RFE/RL they hope their colleagues will join them soon.

One protester told RFE/RL's correspondent that air-traffic controllers plan to hold a number of pickets and other protests in Vladivostok on April 30. Many of the air-traffic controllers in other parts of the country are on what they call a partial hunger strike -- eating only during their shifts in order to stay alert.