MOSCOW, September 3 (RIA Novosti)
- Rusal Workers Protest Plant Closure
- RusAl Profit Drops on Weak Prices, Higher Costs
- RusAl Denies Plan to Close Jamaican Alumina Plant
- Nigerian Court Scraps RusAl Aluminum Plant Purchase
Russian aluminum company Rusal has said it earmarked more than 200 million rubles ($6 milllion) to modernize an aluminum smelter in the Urals in the next two years, following demonstrations over the weekend about the future of the facility.
The firm also said it had made "a principle decision" not to lay off workers at the Bogoslovsky Aluminum Smelter, as earlier planned, in comments made by Rusal's press service. The company has said Bogoslovsky, in the town of Krasnoturyinsk, has been unprofitable because of increased energy costs.
The move comes after two separate rallies in the town on Sunday: one protesting cutbacks in production at Bogoslovsky announced by Rusal last week, and the other electricity cost hikes.
In the statement, the firm also dismissed a threat by Krasnoturyinsk lawmaker Ildus Khakimov to launch a hunger strike in a bid to "save the plant" as "self-advertisement" ahead of mayoral elections in the town.
Add to blog
You may place this material on your blog by copying the link.
Image Galleries: Dog-Friendly Hotels, Lone Weasels and Other Animal News
Infographics: First Russian Smartphone
Iran has been a central Russian ally in the Middle East, despite considerable tensions between the two. But by renewing dialogue with the West, the new Iranian leadership has chosen another direction. The shifting terrain in the region creates new strategic, political and economic challenges for Russia.