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Front page photo:The crisis stopped almost everything in Ukraine during the beginning o 2009. Most o the work-ers were sent home without salaries and many who could keep working, such as the bricklayers onthe cement actory Doncement in eastern Ukraine, have been orced to accept at least a 50 percentdecrease in pay.© Photo: Anders Lindh or Byggnads (the Swedish Building Workers´ Union), Sweden.