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WORLD : Moscow Seeks to Cool Mine Strike

<i> From Times wire services </i>

A member of the ruling Politburo met striking miners in the Siberian city of Prokopyevsk today to try to end a dispute that has paralyzed the Soviet Union’s second-largest coal field, a local official said.

Nikolai Slyunkov, who heads a commission on social and economic affairs, addressed crowds in the central square in Kemerovo before meeting strike committee leaders and local officials in Prokopyevsk, the center of the week-old dispute in the Kuznetsk Basin.

Prime Minister Nikolai I. Ryzhkov said he and President Mikhail S. Gorbachev had sent a personal appeal Sunday to strikers about what has become the worst labor dispute to face the Soviet leader since he came to power in 1985.


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