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No. 104: Labor Unions

Author(s): Irina Olimpieva, Petr Bizyukov

Editor(s): Stephen Aris, Matthias Neumann, Robert Orttung, Jeronim Perovic, Heiko Pleines, Hans-Henning Schröder, Aglaya Snetkov

Series: Russian Analytical Digest (RAD)

Issue: 104

Publisher(s): Center for Security Studies (CSS), ETH Zurich; Research Centre for East European Studies, University of Bremen; Institute of History, University of Basel

Publication Year: 2011


This issue of the RAD focuses on the role of labor unions in Russia. The article by Irina Olimpieva examines the differences between the official Soviet-legacy labor union that still dominates Russia and the new independent labor unions. The official labor union is part of the establishment and focuses on distributing benefits to workers, while the independent unions actually fight for worker rights. The article by Petr Bizyukov looks at the data on labor protests in Russia and demonstrates that the number of protests continues to grow even though the effects of the financial crisis are receding.

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