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EastRussia Bulletin: In the Khabarovsk Territory and the EAO a festive mood clouded the hotbeds of social tension

For some regions of the Far East, instead of a festive atmosphere, the aggravation of the socio-economic situation has become relevant, - reports Weekly bulletin EastRussia #42 from 12 January.

In the Khabarovsk Territory, a difficult situation has developed at the flagship of the regional economy - the Komsomolsk Aviation Plant (KnAAZ) - where workers protested due to constant overtime and low wages. Protest sentiments grew throughout the last week of December and were accompanied by strikes, letters from workers to trade unions and demands from the plant's management.

The protesters were fully supported by the city and regional communist deputies, who pointed to the need to bring the discussion of the problem to the federal level, since at the regional level the situation at the plant is assessed as stable, and the current problems are mostly hushed up (for example, Governor Vyacheslav Shport simply congratulated the plant on the implementation of defense order without mentioning non-observance of working conditions at the enterprise). This situation has a negative character for the regional authorities also because on the basis of the plant it is planned to create an aviation cluster, which, in the form of the Komsomolsk project, became one of the top priority ASEZs in the Far East.

In the Jewish Autonomous Region, people took to the streets in connection with nonpayment of wages, a threat of bankruptcy of enterprises and cuts. The conflict situation arose after the officials of the architecture department of the EAO government failed to pay off Delta company on time for the construction of apartment houses for flooders in the village of Priamursky. For several months the management of the contract organization sought a response from the regional government, and to pay wages to the labor collective, the enterprise had to take a loan from the bank. In the current economic situation, this decision led to the organization of a protest action by the company's general director, in which about two hundred workers representing Delta LLC, Teplo LLC, Domstroy LLC and other enterprises took part.

As a result of the rally, a list of requirements was drawn up, including: the fulfillment by the government of the EAO in full of contractual obligations; the resignation of the governor and the government of the EAO; activization of the activities of the regional prosecutor's office to investigate corruption cases. The rally in Birobidzhan, with a clear statement of discontent towards the regional authorities, once again cast doubt on the validity of Alexander Vinnikov's aspiration to run for the second governor's term in the conditions of the forthcoming elections of the head of the region.

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