Date: Tue, 27 May 97 15:50:32 CDT
Maritime Territory Governor Meets Protesting Miners
By Yevgenia Lents, Itar-Tass, 16 May 1997
VLADIVOSTOK, May 16 (Itar-Tass) -- Governor of the Maritime Territory Yevgeniy Nazdratenko has persuaded miners to cancel the demand for his resignation in a resolution passed today at a miner rally on Vladivostok central square.
A three-hour conversation with miners, who protested against collapse of the Maritime mining industry, focused on the miners' demands, the Maritime territorial administration's press department told Itar-Tass. As a result, the rally resolution was corrected.
Nazdratenko told the miners he personally controlled transfer of money for payment of salaries to power engineers and miners. He had negotiations with the Maritime department of the Russian Pension Fund to cut miners' deductions to the fund and use the money for payment of salaries. Representatives of the Maritime territorial administration believe that passions at miners' collectives are stirred up by heads of the Primorskugol company and trade union leaders.
Maritime Territory's Situation ‘Extremely Serious’
Moscow Mayak Radio Network, in Russian, 16 Mqy 1997, 1400 GMT
According to reports from the Argumenty I Fakty-Novosti agency the situation in Maritime Territory is being exacerbated by the conflict between territorial Governor Yevgeniy Nazdratenko and Vladivostok Mayor Vladimir Cherepkov.
At present (Pavel Lyshev), a representative of the Territorial Directorate in the Russian Presidential Administration, is there and meeting the leadership of the Territory and the city of Vladivostok. (Vladimir Tselikov), (Lyshev's) assistant, described the situation in the Territory as "extremely serious." Regarding the demands made by miners to have Nazdratenko dismissed, Tselikov said that there is no mechanism for dismissing a popularly elected governor.
Chernomyrdin Demands Urgent Action on Far East Crisis
By Gennadiy Yezhov, Itar-Tass