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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Karelia Hunger Strike

MOSCOW -- Municipal workers in the town of Chupa in Karelia have gone on a hunger strike because they have not been paid for almost a year, Itar-Tass reported Thursday.

The 78 protesters, responsible for maintenance in public housing, were last paid in January this year.

Before launching their hunger strike Wednesday, the group had tried other ways to get their cash. They went on strike in November, cut hot water supplies and blocked the road from St. Petersburg to Murmansk - all to no avail.

Protests over salary arrears are frequent all over Russia. At the beginning of December, a teacher in Ulyanovsk in the Volga region died after taking part in a fast over unpaid wages.