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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Teachers on Strike

MOSCOW -- Teachers at an estimated 10,000 public schools across Russia remained on strike for a second day Tuesday to demand back wages from the government.

The head of the teachers' union, Vladimir Yakovlev, said the government now owes teachers 6.5 trillion rubles ($1.1 billion) in back pay.

An estimated 3 million schoolchildren in 56 of Russia's 89 regions had no classes Tuesday, the second school day after the winter holiday break, Interfax reported.

Yakovlev said the union wants the government to begin paying wages regularly Feb. 1 and to come up with a schedule for catching up on back pay. But teachers at 159 schools have vowed to stay on strike until the wages are paid in full.