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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

26 on Hunger Strike

MOSCOW () -- Twenty-six workers at a military plant in the Urals city of Yekaterinburg have gone on hunger strike to press the Defense Ministry to pay up more than $640,000 owed in back wages, a spokesman for the factory trade union said Tuesday.

According to Vladislav Paderin, the factory trade-union chief at the Yekaterinburg military mechanical plant, its 7,000 workers have not been paid since July and most are "on the verge of despair."

Last week Defense Minister Pavel Grachev, speaking at a defense plant in the city of Izhevsk, said the ministry's debts to military enterprises had been fully paid.