Coalminers in Perm oblast have been on hunger strike for a week because of wage arrears. Sporadic strikes continue to plague the coalmining industry, despite this week’s decision by miners’ leaders to postpone a threatened nationwide strike. Meanwhile, Russia’s health minister has warned of the possibility of massive strikes by medical doctors in the autumn, again over wage arrears. (RTR, Interfax, August 27)
Smooth Sailing Seen for IMF Loan.