Saturday, June 3, 2017

20 Long-Haul Drivers Rally in Yekaterinburg to Protest Plato System

Paul Goble

            Staunton, June 3 – Twenty long-haul drivers, some in their rigs and others in their private cars, rallied for two hours on the ring rod about Yekaterinburg today, the latest protest against the Plato fee system drivers oppose and have been striking against in various ways since the end of March.

            The event, which had been approved in advance by the local authorities for the number of vehicles involved, received extensive coverage in the local and regional media but none in government-controlled Moscow outlets (,

            The trucks taking part featured a variety of signs denouncing the Plato system and saying that the only beneficiaries of it are the oligarchs.  Some drivers expressed concern that while they were taking part in the rally, officials might try as they have in other locations to dig a trench around where they had been parked in order to disorder the continuing strike.

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