JRL NEWSWATCH: “In World Cup’s Shadow, Layoffs and Anger at Russian Factory” – AP/New York Times

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“[At] Volgograd’s … Red October steelworks … many … were temporarily laid off because of the World Cup. … aggravat[ing] troubles at the struggling factory, prompting angry workers to plan a protest timed for the … World Cup …. Authorities are apparently trying to head off trouble through pressure and promises of cash. Welcome to the daily realities of … Putin’s Russia, even as he tries to use the Cup to show off his economic and political successes. * * * Red October’s troubles have been exacerbated by security measures introduced by Russia’s Federal Security Service ahead of the tournament, which ordered many factories to stop or change certain procedures. …”

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