ST. PETERSBURG, Russia - Hundreds of out-of-work Russians have shut down a major highway west of St. Petersburg to protest the closure of two big factories.
Roughly 500 people chanted "Work! Work!" as traffic backed up on the road in the town of Pikalyovo.
Most protesting Tuesday were either relatives or workers from a cement factory, which stopped operations in February.
That left 2,500 people out of work, more than a tenth of the town's population. The factory also provided heat and hot water to the town.
Union official Andrei Petrov says Pikalyovo residents are protesting because they're getting desperate.
The economic crisis has left more than 10 percent of Russia's workforce without jobs, sparking fears of unrest.