. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Power Workers Strike

MOSCOW () -- Striking power workers blacked out parts of the Russian Far East on Monday, halving electricity output to protest that they had not been paid for months.

Russian news agencies quoted union leaders as saying that some 16,000 workers were owed millions of dollars in back pay.

"Winter is coming. And if we don't get emergency help from the federal government ... then winter is going to freeze the region," strike leader Gennady Tkachuk, of the power workers' union, said. He said some homes and enterprises would be without electricity for 20 hours a day due to the strike, which started at 8 a.m. local time Monday.