Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Hundreds of Truck Drivers Head to Moscow for Protest

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Hundreds of Truck Drivers Head to Moscow for Protest

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ST. PETERSBURG, Russia - Hundreds of the Russian truck drivers who have been protesting around the country were driving their rigs toward Moscow on Sunday to demand that the government cancel a new road tax, one protest leader said. The truck drivers, many of whom own and operate their vehicles, say the hefty road tax for long- distance haulers threatens to put them out of business. They have little faith that the money will go toward maintaining Russia's notoriously bad roads.

Alexander Rastorguyev, one of the leaders of the protesting drivers in St. Petersburg, said Sunday that more than 200 trucks were driving toward Moscow to take part in a demonstration on the outskirts of the capital today. He said they would be joined by others from other parts of Russia.

In some regions, however, local authorities have blocked trucks from traveling to Moscow. …

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