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Polish workers protest effects of anti-Russian sanctions (VIDEO) — RT World News

A Swiss engineering company had to suspend its activities in Poland due to links with a Russian tycoon

Dozens of Polish employees took to the streets on Friday to protest the government’s decision to suspend operations at Sulzer Turbo Services over its links to Russian billionaire Viktor Vekselberg.

According to Polish media, around 160 people lost their source of income overnight due to sanctions imposed on a minority shareholder of the company. The demonstration took place in front of the Interior Ministry in Warsaw. Protesters were heard chanting “Sanctions for the Russians, not for the Poles.

Vekselberg’s Renova Group controls Tiwel Holding AG, which as of May 2018 owned a total of 48.82% of the Swiss industrial engineering company.

In late April, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki’s government introduced sanctions against 35 organizations and 15 individuals from Russia and Belarus, including Vekselberg for his alleged “close ties with Russian President Vladimir Putin and former President Dmitry Medvedev.

Assets in Poland linked to these organizations and individuals were subsequently frozen. Following the suspension of all bank accounts, two Polish branches of Sulzer Turbo Services – in Lublin and Warsaw – were unable to pay employees, settle their obligations or perform contracts.

The Polish sanctions apply to Sulzer’s minority shareholder, Viktor Vekselberg, and have been extended to both Polish Sulzer entities, even though Mr. Vekselberg has no control or ownership of any Sulzer entity and is deprived of all his economic rights with Sulzer,the company said in a statement last month, announcing the suspension of operations.

Sulzer noted that he is not sanctioned in any other country, that is “able to continue to expand its business globally.

In a press release sent to members of the media, the company said it had “clearly expressed its position on Russia’s aggression against Ukraineby donating more than 1.4 million zlotys ($327,000) to help refugees in Poland.

The last payment was sent to our accounts on April 10, and since then we have been destitute. During this time, people have taken out loans from banks, they have to repay installments, pay for nurseries and kindergartens. After all, we have to live off somethingone of the company’s employees who took part in the protest told Gazeta Wyborcza on Friday.

Protesters complain that the Polish government and the owners of Sulzer, based in the United States and Switzerland, have cut themselves off from these issues. “for political reasons”.

“They left us to ourselves” they said.

The impending economic, food and energy crisis triggered by the Russian military offensive in Ukraine and the sanctions imposed on Moscow by the West have already provoked mass protests in several countries, including Spain, Iran, Morocco and others.

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