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    The Russian Book Union asks the Ministry of Industry and Trade to introduce a deferment from partial mobilization for the printing industry. The shortage of personnel in printing houses is increasing, which can lead to downtime and even a complete shutdown of enterprises, printers warn. They propose to introduce deferrals depending on the qualifications of employees in order to avoid the loss of the most valuable personnel, such as line drivers, technologists, and mechanics. The intensification of the personnel crisis may also affect publishers, whose business is already going through difficult times.

    Kommersant” got acquainted with the letter of the President of the Russian Book Union (RKS) Sergey Stepashin to the Minister of Industry and Trade Denis Manturov dated October 3 . In it, Mr. Stepashin asks for a deferment from partial mobilization for employees of the printing industry. The RCC confirmed the authenticity of the letter. The Ministry of Industry and Trade informed Kommersant that they had not received the letter, but if received, it would be considered in the prescribed manner.

    , obsolete equipment and lack of investment in 2022 were exacerbated by sanctions from equipment and parts suppliers. Now 68% of Russian printing houses employ up to 15 people, and it takes from 6 to 12 months to train an industry specialist, RKS notes: “The printing industry employs mainly men, the average age of workers in a number of modernized industries is 39 years old.”

    The mobilization of military servicemen of the first category of the reserve will lead to partial shutdowns of production and “a decrease in output by at least half”, the RCC fears: “The mobilization of all military service employees of the first and second category of the reserve will completely stop production in most enterprises” . Thus, the country will stop publishing periodical print media, textbooks, books, warn in the union.

    about the postponement for their employees to the governor of the Tver region Igor Ruden. “The regional administration is ready to help return employees, for which we are grateful, but in general, the industry needs a system solution for booking. We are told that if an employee is valuable, let’s get another one,” says Pareto-Print CEO Pavel Arseniev. The printing house proposes to introduce armor for employees from the fourth category, machinists on the line, heads of workshops, technologists, etc. “What will happen if they take away my chief mechanic? I have been looking for him for so many years, the performance of a huge enterprise depends on him, ”Mr. Arsenyev emphasizes. , said Pavel Arseniev: “This calls into question the planned expansion of production: we already had a personnel shortage.”

    Print” Andrey Malakhov: “The entire production service of our printing house consists of men. Some of the employees have already received summons.”

    Problems in the printing industry will affect the work of publishers, market participants fear. This is reflected in the printing time, which is constantly increasing, in the increase in prices for printing services and in the shortage of paper, says Oleg Novikov, founder of the Eksmo-AST publishing group (he also owns shares in the Mozhaisk printing plant, the Tverskoy printing plant and Pareto-Print). Konstantin Lun, production director of the Alpina publishing group, is more optimistic: “Without a doubt, there are certain difficulties, but the industry is flexible and will be able to adapt.”

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