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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Miners Still on Strike

MOSCOW (MT) -- The miners of Russia's only emerald mine remained on strike 11 days after locking themselves into a mine, newspapers said.

Komsomolskaya Pravda reported Saturday that the strikers at the Malishevky mine, near Yekaterinburg, are demanding the right to cut and sell gems, that their mine be privatized, and that their average salary be raised from 8, 000 rubles to 60, 000 per month.

Their demands date back to March 1992, when they struck for the first time. An Israeli partner was invited into a joint venture for cutting the stones, but when the miners saw few profits returning to the mine, they forced the director to quit.

The mine produces 600 to 700 kilograms of raw emeralds a year.