Publication: Monitor Volume: 2 Issue: 208

Yeltsin’s surgery eclipsed yesterday’s nationwide strikes, called to demand stronger social guarantees and payment of wage arrears now believed to total $8 billion. Workers took part in marches and demonstrations all over Russia. Union organizers claimed that some 15 million people had participated, while the Ministry of Internal Affairs claimed the number was only 320,000. The largest numbers were in Moscow, Primorsky krai, and Kemerovo, Omsk and Rostov oblasts. (Interfax, November 5)

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