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FESCO president attacked as Vladivostok port strike takes ugly turn

A strike at Vladivostok port has turned violent. Senior management of FESCO, the main shareholder in the Commercial Port of Vladivostok, including president Arkady Korostelev, were attacked yesterday while attempting to negotiate with dockworkers.

FESCO has been trying to change management at the port, which local unions have opposed.

A notice in Russian on the FESCO site yesterday from Korostelev, who was appointed president last month, describes the how men dressed in dockers overalls attacked him and other FESCO management yesterday “inflicting beatings and injuries”.

Splash has been sent videos of the attack.

The strike at Russia’s largest Pacific port shows no sign of slowing today.

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Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.

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