Protest Targets Timken’s Business in Russia
About 20 members of the Cleveland-based group Americans for Justice in Ukraine took part in the demonstration, according to the group’s founder and protest organizer, Bill Arthrell.
He says Timken shouldn’t be doing business in Russia when that country’s aggression in Ukraine has earned it widespread international condemnation.
The company has partnered with Moscow-based United Wagon Company to manufacture Timken rail bearings in Russia.
"These trains can and will be used to bring troops, artillery and tanks to the front of the Ukrainian nation. So it’s not just something benign like Taco Bell or McDonald’s," he said.
Arthrell, a retired Cleveland history teacher, went to Ukraine in May as an observer of the presidential election, and will return to observe parliamentary elections October 26th.
Timken released a statement saying it’s operated in Russia for more than 20 years and shares concern about the situation in Ukraine. The company says it’s monitoring conditions and welcomes constructive dialogue.