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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Trains Detour Miners

MOSCOW -- Striking coal miners in Siberia maintained their blockade of the Trans-Siberian Railroad, but most trains are able to pass by taking a lengthy detour, a report said Thursday.

Protesters in the mining towns of Anzhero-Sudzhensk and Yurga said the blockade would continue after negotiations with regional officials broke down Wednesday night, Itar-Tass reported.

But more than 400 trains crossing Siberia have taken alternative routes to avoid the 110-kilometer stretch of railway that the miners have blocked.

As the strike dragged on for a 13th day Thursday, President Boris Yeltsin ordered Deputy Prime Minister Oleg Sysuyev to meet with the miners. The president said the Tomsk region in Siberia, heavily affected by the blockade, was suffering "enormous losses."