On July 11, 2013, the Russian Federal Law “On the Preparation and Staging of the 2018 FIFA World Cup and 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup in the Russian Federation and the Amendment of Certain Russian Federal Legislative Acts” came into force without any uproar, something inadmissible in such delicate matters. (Hereafter referred to as FZ-108 for brevity’s sake, the full text of the law in the original Russian can be found here.)

The Statement of the Executive Committee of the Confederation of Labour of Russia on the adoption and execution of the Federal law: “About the preparation and holding the FIFA World Cup  2018 and FIFA Confederation Cup 2017 and amendments to some legislative acts of the Russian Federation.”

Judicial board in civil cases issued a ruling which can be an important precedent for the Russian workers whose workplaces were considered as harmful. They should be provided with three types of compensations guaranteed by the law.

June 28, in Moscow, Confederation of Labour of Russia (KTR) with the support of KTR member organizations and "Efes Moscow" brewery trade union held a picket in front of the Turkish Embassy. Picket participants expressed their support to comrades in Turkey, where peaceful protest and union solidarity actions were responded with police violence and government attacks on democratic rights and freedoms.

The Interregional Trade Union of Autoworkers (ITUA) scheduled a strike on 24 June at Ford in Vsevolozhsk, Russia, over the issues of wages and working conditions. The IndustriALL Global Union affiliated ITUA reports that Ford management in Vsevolozhsk, 25km east of St. Petersburg, has been informed of the planned strike. The strike will begin at 8:30am.

Russian trade union leader Valentin Urusov was honoured with this year's Arthur Svensson International Prize for Union Rights at a formal ceremony at the Oslo Congress Centre on the 19th of June.

The Federal Security Service (FSB) in Moscow is assembling a list of schools that have ties to new democratic trade unions and NGOs. The Moscow Municipal Department of Education ordered all Moscow schools to report on such contacts.

In Saint Petersburg, the IUF-affiliated Novoprof is successfully recruiting among the many migrant workers from Central Asia working in food, catering and cleaning. Vulnerable and easily exploited, often lacking proper documentation, the workers are easily prey to wage theft. Over the past 8 months, Novoprof has recruited hundreds of these migrants, helping them win more than 3 million roubles (USD 100.000) of unpaid wages.

On 22 May ITUA activists met with Volkswagen management in Kaluga, Russia. The management agreed to pay double for work on weekends in the Summer and weekend overtime work would only be done only on a voluntary basis.

On Saturday 27 April representatives of university teachers from 13 regions of Russia gathered in Moscow at the trade union-linked hotel Izmailovo. The purpose of the gathering was to set up an independent inter-regional trade union that would stand up for the interests of higher education employees in deeds, not words.

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