Valentin Urusov

Russian Unionist Wins Svensson Prize for Trade Union Rights

Valentin Urusov, the Russian electrician and trade unionist unjustly imprisoned for years in a Siberian penal colony, received the international Arthur Svensson Prize for Trade Union Rights in 2013. Urusov led the trade union Profsvoboda at Alrosa, the world’s second largest diamond mining company, based in the northern Sakha province of Russia. Urusov, who was… [READ MORE]

Global Unions Urge Release of Imprisoned Russian Trade Unionist

Trade unionist Valentin Urusov is proof that in Russia, it’s still possible to be imprisoned in the 21st century equivalent of the gulag for standing up for worker rights on the job. An electrical fitter at an ore-processing mill owned by the diamond mining company Alrosa, Urusov has spent more than four years of a… [READ MORE]

Decent Work and the Valentin Urusov Case

This is an excerpt from the Global Labour Column by Anna Wolañska, international secretary of NSZZ “Solidarnoœæ” and a member of the governing Body of the International Labor Organization (ILO). Like Russian politics, labor relations in Russia are rife with contradictions. On the one hand, [Russian President] Vladimir Putin addressed the International Labor Conference in… [READ MORE]