Also in Komi, sixteen coalmine builders remain on a hunger strike begun December 15 at Zapolyarnaya mine. Their action was prompted by a "complete lack of money," said a spokesman for the protesters. Management owed the builders more than 160 million rubles in back wages when they began their fast. According to the mine director, wages have been paid through October and the builders’ contract is being terminated. (6)
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