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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Protest Targets Army

MOSCOW -- Power station employees who picketed a district military headquarters Thursday to protest unpaid bills got a sympathetic hearing from military officers who said they, too, hadn't been paid, Itar-Tass reported.

Union leader Nikolai Fyodorov said the Far East military district authorities owe the Khabarovskenergo company 800 million rubles ($111 million). As a result, the energy workers haven't been paid in five months, Itar-Tass said.

Military officers who met the picketers outside the headquarters building said their wages had also been held up by "poor financing," the agency said.

The protesters are threatening to cut power to the military district installations if they don't get an accounting of the district's payment plans within 10 days.