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Russian police arrested migrants celebrating New Year's Eve in St. Petersburg to recruit them into the army

Russian police arrested migrants celebrating New Year's Eve in St. Petersburg to recruit them into the army

On the night of December 31 and January 1, St. Petersburg police detained Central Asian migrants en masse, who were later forced to As a volunteer To join Russian forces fighting in Ukraine, he wrote, citing internal affairs sources And Novaya Gazeta. According to the newspaper, the raid was carried out based on a plan drawn up months ago, and its purpose was to bring more soldiers to the front.


Photograph: Natalia Kolesnikova/AFP

According to data from the Ministry of the Interior, 6.4 million foreign citizens live in Russia, most of whom entered the country to work. Most of them came from Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan.

a Your font Although he knows of about three thousand detained migrants, according to Novaya Gazeta, they likely took in many more people, including women and children. The newspaper knows that the women and children were placed in a special reception center, while the men were transferred to police detention centers. At the detention centre, the men were then threatened that if they did not volunteer, their families would be deported from Russia. According to the newspaper, 1,500 people agreed to conclude a contract with the Russian Ministry of Defense.

In recent months, Russian authorities have recommended to migrants that if they are conscripted into the army, they can obtain Russian citizenship through an expedited procedure. But there were also examples of people who had previously obtained Russian citizenship and were taken to enlistment offices. (via Medusa/Moscow Times)

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