MOSCOW (AP) _ About 1,000 coal miners in Russia's Far East went on strike today because they have not been paid for 10 months, a news report said.

The miners on Sakhalin Island, located off Russia's Pacific coast, said they will strike until May 16, but many protesters want the strike to continue until back wages are paid in full, the ITAR-Tass news agency said.

The protesters are from a strip mine that provides most of the coal to a regional power station, which is already experiencing a major fuel shortage, the report said.

After staging widespread strikes last summer and fall, Russian coal miners forced the government to pay off some of the millions of dollars it owes them.

Even so, most of Russia's miners continue to receive their wages months late, if at all.