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Russian Communists In Protest Over Prices, Work Conditions

CHELYABINSK, Russia -- Communists in the Urals city of Chelyabinsk started what they say will be a three-day protest today to highlight social and economic problems in the region, RFE/RL's Russian Service reports.

The Chelyabinsk protest is a part of a wider campaign coordinated by the Communist Party of the Russian Federation.

Chelyabinsk Oblast Party Committee First Secretary Svetlana Poklonnova told RFE/RL that the protesters will move from one location to another. She said a truck with a loudspeaker will visit different districts of the city for half an hour at a time for a total of three hours per day to broadcast speeches by the protest organizers.

Protesters will also distribute booklets and leaflets challenging utilities and food price hikes and what they say is a proposal by local authorities to prolong to 60 hours the work week for public sector employees.

On December 18, Communist activists plan to hold a mass meeting in the city center in which Communist deputies to the local parliament will participate.

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