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Russia dissolves major auto union, claiming it’s a ‘foreign agent’

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Reportage. A local court in St. Petersburg said the trade union was engaging in political activities as a foreign agent. The unprecedented decision, however, is part of a years-long campaign to weaken workers’ rights.

written by Yurii Colombo

January 14, 2018

Wednesday evening, in a decision unprecedented in the history of modern Russia, the City Court of St. Petersburg ruled to forcibly disband the Inter-Regional Trade Union “Workers’ Association” (MPRA), the auto workers’ union that was part of the Confederation of Labor of Russia (KTR).

The court justified the decision by arguing that the union was involved in political activities, was collecting signatures to change the existing labor laws in Russia and was being funded from abroad. In the opinion of the court, this was not a local union at all, but........

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