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    Prosecutors in Russia's Far East have launched an investigation into reported protests by migrant Chinese workers involved in the construction of infrastructure for the 2012 APEC summit.

    Prosecutors in Russia's Far East have launched an investigation into reported protests by migrant Chinese workers involved in the construction of infrastructure for the 2012 APEC summit.

    Media reports earlier said that at least 150 workers from China had gone on a strike over unpaid salaries.

    The foreigners are part of a 20,000-man workforce hired to build over 30 facilities the 2012 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit in the Russian city of Vladivostok.

    Russia proposed in November 2006 holding the 2012 summit on Russky Island, to the south of Vladivostok in Peter the Great Bay, which APEC approved in 2007.

    To prepare for the event, the special federal program Development of the Far East and the Trans-Baikal Region was supplemented with a subprogram called Development of Vladivostok as a Center of International Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region.

    The Russian government has allocated a total of 553 billion rubles ($18 billion) on the preparation for the summit, but the work on the project has been slow and hampered by a bureaucratic quagmire.

    VLADIVOSTOK, September 15 (RIA Novosti)

     

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