FEATURE-Fear pervades Russian Detroit ahead of job cuts

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By Gleb Stolyarov TOGLIATTI, Russia, Sept 29 (Reuters) - Alexander Afanasyev, a veteran worker at Russia's largest car plant, fears he could one day be stabbed by a friend. But it isn't paranoia that fuels that fear. The threat of job losses and starvation is spreading fast in the Russian Detroit on the Volga river. Carmaker AvtoVAZ , faced with plunging car sales, is preparing to cut a quarter of its workforce, or 27,600 people, in the largest round of job cuts in a single Russian ...

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