NEWSWATCH: “Russia’s Putin Takes His Campaign to Leading Industrial Town” – AP

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“… Putin … took his campaign to one of Russia’s leading industrial companies, vowing to bolster high-tech industries and improve living standards. … travel[ing] to … the Urals to visit Uralvagonzavod, a huge factory producing … battle tanks … and railroad cars. … seek[ing] to shore up his support base before the March 18 presidential election. * * * The Uralvagonzavod plant has also been hit by the crisis and recently found itself on the verge of bankruptcy. … demand for its tanks has remained strong … [but] orders for railway cars have slumped. Some workers … have been angry over a drop in wages and a few even sued …. No such discontent was visible, however, during Putin’s visit …”

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