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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Nuclear Workers Protest

Carrying signs saying "Pay your debts," more than 150 workers representing all nine of Russia's nuclear power plants picketed outside the Russian White House on Tuesday to demand their unpaid wages.

Russia's nuclear plants, which produce 12 percent of the country's electricity, are short on both money and fuel and have not paid some employees for three months.

Businesses and individual consumers across the nation are partly to blame, because many are not paying their bills on time. The government no longer makes up the shortfall.

Regulatory officials and environmentalists worry that maintenance is being neglected and safety is declining.

Nuclear workers have not walked off their jobs for safety reasons. They want to meet President Boris Yeltsin and be assured of payment.