In his weekly radio address broadcast this morning, Russian president Boris Yeltsin told workers hit by delays in wage payments that they should blame their bosses, not the government, for their plight. He said the state was responsible for only 20 percent of wage arrears and that "corrupt and incompetent" managers had taken advantage of market reforms to enrich themselves instead of paying wages and taxes. Yeltsin also announced a new scheme to send tens of thousands of young Russians abroad for management training. (BBC World Service, July 11)
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