Transbaikalia: Ex-director of mine where miners are starving gets charged
The sanction of the article “Non-payment of wages over two months” provides for up to 3 years in prison.
In the Transbaikal region, a criminal case has been initiated against Evgeny Rogalev, ex-director of Darasun goldmine, where miners are constantly protesting. This is reported by TASS. The former head is charged with Non-Payment of Wages over Two Months. It provides for up to 3 years in prison as punishment.
In July, about 100 miners went on a hunger strike over the non-payment of salary. According to the workers, interruptions with payments at the time had continued for six months.
As Rogalev explained to inspectors, the bank that suspended the transfers was to blame for this. However, the financial institution did not confirm this information.
ICR Head Bastrykin instructed to take measures to ensure that the miners received money. Three days later, workers began to receive salary, and it was decided to cease the strike. In July, the mine representatives announced the suspension of its activities because of financial problems.
To recall, the Darasun mine regularly experienced labor conflicts. In May 2017, about 80 employees refused to leave the mine because of non-payment of salaries. Back then, ICR investigators, as well as officers of the Transbaikal Region Prosecutor's Office, conducted a check. However, a year later, the company ceased to pay the miners.
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