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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

ZiL Workers Picket

More than 500 workers from the ZiL car and truck factory picketed the White House on Wednesday to demand a revision in tax policy and increased government credits to industry, Interfax reported.

The news agency quoted Mikhail Alliluyev, chairman of ZiL's trade union committee, as saying that taxes eat up 92 percent of all the company's profits. He said the workers wanted this rate cut to 50 percent.

The demonstrators demanded further that the government provide credits to ZiL's main customers, specifically the agricultural industry and the military, Interfax said.

ZiL, most renowned as the maker of limousines for the former Soviet Union's political elite, was forced to send more than half of its 80,000 workers on partly paid leave earlier this month due to cash shortages.

Alliluyev told Interfax that representatives of ZiL's branches in Yartsevo, Mtsensk, Ryazan and other Russian cities joined Moscow employees in the picket.