May 16, 1998 |
Angry coal miners blocked trains on the Trans-Siberian Railway and barricaded the offices of two high-ranking officials Friday, prompting lawmakers to vote for an emergency bill that would cut their own office budgets and send the money to Russia's troubled mining regions. The sudden show of generosity by the Duma, Russia's lower house of parliament, followed days of protests by miners across the country over wages that have not been paid for up to a year--an estimated $600 million total.
May 25, 1998 |
Striking coal miners lifted a 10-day-old blockade of the Trans-Siberian and other vital railroads Sunday after the government promised to pay some overdue wages. But the breakthrough probably provided only a short pause in a disruptive clash over how to handle looming mine closures.
December 28, 1992 |
Diamond Mining OK'd in New Russian Field: Local authorities in Russia's far northern region of Arkhangelsk have given their seal of approval to plans to develop a vast new diamond field north of the Arctic Circle, Itar-Tass news agency reported. Geologists say the Lomonosov diamond field, discovered seven years ago, could produce one-tenth of the world's rough diamond output when it is fully operational.
October 6, 1992 |
In this remote Siberian city of diamonds, where billions of dollars' worth of gems are mined, one passerby after another on the central square turned sadly away from Lydia Vorobova's inviting packets of cookies and candies. The goodies cost only 88 rubles a packet, 40 cents at current rates. But "that's expensive for us," Vorobova shrugged.
August 3, 1996 |
Five months after they last got paid, the miners of the Russian Far East are beginning to starve. By Friday, all 10,000 of them had stopped work--not, they say, out of ill will but simply because they are just too weak to handle the tough conditions underground. No coal is being extracted. The region's power plant workers, themselves unpaid for months, also are refusing to operate the stations that supply electricity to the factories, homes and port of the local capital, Vladivostok.
February 9, 1995 |
About 600,000 Russian coal miners went on strike, and union officials said the one-day stoppage would cost the nation 1 million tons of lost production. An official of the miners' union said 80% of the membership heeded the call to strike and that 210 mines were affected. The strikers, many of whom have not been paid since October, want the government to hand over $650 million in back wages and to draw up a program to help restructure the coal industry.