- New figures show unemployment in Russia close to 8 mln mark
- Russia to spend some $2.8 bln to tackle unemployment
- Groundhog saw shadow of unemployment
ST. PETERSBURG, June 2 (RIA Novosti) - Some 300 residents of a northwest Russian town blocked a major road on Tuesday to protest against financial difficulties caused by the closure of three large plants last year.
The Pikalyovo Alumina Refinery was closed last year for conversion. The closure blocked alumina supplies to both Metakhim and Pikalyovo Cement, which employed the bulk of Pikalyovo residents.
"About 300 people, including women and children, have gathered to block the road [linking St. Petersburg with Vologda, in the north of European Russia]," a local police spokesman said.
The Leningrad Region authorities are critical of the move.
"Such campaigns are not a means to solve the problems facing Pikalyovo," a local administration official said.
A representative of Governor Valery Serdyukov urged joint action with trade unions "for the sake of the people."
He said a working group had been established to solve specific problems on the ground.
Add to blog
You may place this material on your blog by copying the link.
Image Galleries: Yury Gagarin: Life of the First Man in Space in Pictures
Infographics: Sledge Hockey
For Russia, Crimea is more than just a territory. It is not for land that Russia is putting all her prestige at stake. This situation is about wounded national pride, history, identity, national phobias, a new Russian nationalism, past relations with the “West” full of real and perceived injuries, and Western hypocrisy.