Disgruntled workers at Vladimir Putin’s new space centre go on hunger strike for third year in row over pay

FUMING construction workers completing Vladimir Putin's newest space centre have gone on a hunger strike – claiming they have not been paid since April.

The contractors working on the Vostochny Cosmodrome in the Amur Oblast region, are reportedly owed £3.5 million (271 million RUB) in unpaid wages.

 Workers completing the landmark Vostochny Cosmodrome have reportedly not been paid since April

In 2011, construction began with an expected completion date of early 2018.

But its completion has been rocked by a wave of financial disputes over unpaid wages in the last few years.

Around 100 workers initially went on strike in 2015, but Putin promised they would get their money, urging them to resume work.

Further protest were staged the following year, but nothing was done, according to reports, so now they have gone to drastic measures for their pay.

 Putin allegedly promised the workers they would receive their pay back in 2015
 Putin has been the driving force behind the project, which was intended to revitalise the Russian space industry

This strike is the third time employees have refused to eat in the last three years, in protest again their maltreatment.

According to reports, the contractor previously known as Dalspetsstroy, had planned to settle its debts by early September.

In a bid to find a resolution, a group of employees reportedly met with a senior official from the company that runs the project, to settle.

 Putin described the centre as Russia's biggest and most ambitious project
 The £9 billion spaceport in the Amur Oblast region, in the Russian Far East was expected to be completed in 2018

Speaking on behalf of her colleagues, Irina Zinatova, head of the SDS-733’s road and construction lab said: "He [Pavel Buyanovskiy, Deputy Chief of GVSU No.6] announced that the company is unable to fulfil our requirements."

They were allegedly planning to raise funds by selling off assets but missed the deadline.

Putin has been the driving force behind the project describing it as "one of modern Russia's biggest, most ambitious projects".

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