NOVOAZOVSK – The authorities of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) plan to nationalize distilleries, DPR Prime Minister Alexander Zakharchenko said Saturday. “Distilleries will be placed under the government’s control,” Zakharchenko said at a meeting with voters in the city of Novoazovsk.
According to earlier reports, the mines located in the republic’s territory were under “temporary administration” of the local government. The minister did not mention the timescales for the mines’ nationalization.
Zakharchenko added that three major enterprises in the republic, including two factories owned by the oligarch Rinat Akhmetov, were brought under temporary government control.
Residents of the Luhansk and Donetsk regions declared independence following a February coup in Ukraine, refusing to recognize the new Kiev authorities. The republics declared their sovereignty based on the results of referendums held in May.
The Ukrainian parliament approved a law on self-administration in parts of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions on September 16. The law stipulates that local elections are to take place in the areas on December 7 and also guarantees the people of the region the right to use Russian or any other language. The leaders of the self-proclaimed republics have stressed that they want full independence from Ukraine and have set regional elections for November 2.
Zugres: Workers at ZEMZ want to establish collective ownership
From DNR Today, Oct 13, 2014
The workers of the Zuevsky Works of Energy-Mechanical Engineering (who have been unemployed for a long time) appealed to the chairman of the Supreme council of Donetsk Peoples’ Republic. The workers propose as a solution to the problem – to introduce collective form of property in the enterprise.
“Zuevsky Works of Energy-Mechanical Engineering is the main enterprise in the city and is part of the DPR’s strategic enterprises. That’s why the issue of organizing the conference of the labor collective as the highest body for self-governing – is put under consideration. The agenda was developed jointly by the workers of the plant and the authorities of the town of Zugres” – said the deputy of the DPR Supreme Council Alexander Smekalin, who also participated in the process of developing the agenda.
According to him, the agenda should contain the issues of re-organisation of the property rights, organizing the council of the labour collective, financial report for 2013-2014, and the plans for renewal of the work and developing the enterprise in 2014-2015.
“The workers warmly remember the former head of the enterprise Stepan Portnov – that’s why we asked him to become the interim head of the enterprise” – summed the deputy A. Smekalin.
— Translated from Russian original by Dmitry Kolesnik