More labor unrest at Russian space center under construction in far east

The Russian state-controlled company building the country's new space center has dismissed a sub-contractor after it failed to pay wages to more than 80 workers, leading them to go on strike to call attention to their plight.

Valeria Timokhova, spokeswoman for Dalspetsstroi, told the Tass news agency on Monday that AMD will no longer be part of the project.

The problems are just the latest to befall the construction of the Vostochny Cosmodrome, which will give Russia its own facility for manned space launches.

Other workers went on strike in the spring because of unpaid wages and were compensated after appealing directly to President Vladimir Putin. The directors of three subcontractors were arrested on corruption charges.