Russian workers begin protest

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The Independent Online
VLADIVOSTOK - Thousands of workers in Russia's Far East demanded unpaid back wages and the resignation of President Yeltsin's government in the first stage of a nationwide protest action yesterday, AP reports.

Russia's largest trade union, the Federation of Independent Trade Unions of Russia, organised the action to protest against the lack of government payments to industries. About 5,000 people protested in the city of Khabarovsk, several carrying banners that said 'Government, give us work]' and 'Yeltsin, where is our pay?'