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Fight against illegal migrants reduced to market raids

August 14, 2013, 10:51 UTC+3

The shutting down of the camp in Golyanovo symbolizes an end to a noisy campaign to catch illegal migrants at Russian markets

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A couple of weeks after President Vladimir Putin severely criticized the law enforcement officers working together with ethnic crime, it has been found out that there are practically no such officers, the Nezavisimaya Gazeta writes. This conclusion can be made basing on reports from the Interior Ministry’ Chief Internal Security Directorate. Judging by one of them, traders and migrants account for almost all of 500 violations revealed by the directorate of late. No violations by police have been fixed.

Raids on illegal migrants and mass detentions will continue till the end of August, the newspaper writes. Experts regret that a next political campaign has replaced a practical settlement of a very important problem. The head of the Federal Migration Service’s Moscow department, Olga Kirillova, has said the tent encampment for migrants in Moscow’s eastern Golyanovo district will be closed.

About 500 migrants stay there at the moment. The number of people violating the migration legislation seems to be decreasing. In the next few days almost all residents of the tent encampment will leave the place that has been quite comfortable for them, as the Moscow authorities have offered all kind of care - providing them with washing machines and replacing buckwheat with rice in immigrants’ meals upon their request. Going back to their home places with the money of the Russian budget, they know that they will be back, as the transparency of the borders and the scope of corruption in Russia make it possible.

The shutting down of the camp in Golyanovo symbolizes an end to a noisy campaign to catch illegal migrants at Russian markets that came as a reaction to Putin’s order to do away with the merging of law enforcement agencies and ethnic crime. And police have already summed up intermediate results of their activity on that front. One of the recent reports of the Internal Security Directorate says “over 500 wrongdoings have been revealed, including more than 90 connected with entrepreneurship activity and taxation, and over 400 cases in which the migration legislation was violated”. This document mentions no cases in which violations by police would be fixed.

“And still, why only eight policemen violating the law across the whole country?” the newspaper writes. “Why not 800, for example?”

The president of the Institute of National Strategy, Mikhail Remizov, explains insignificant results of fight against the merging of police and ethnic crime by corporative solidarity. “It is more pleasant to fight against illegal migrants than against those who cover them in the law enforcement system,” he said. “It is clear that if at least one policeman among ten covering up business is punished, others will be drawing conclusions,” he added.

According to Remizov, the main problem is that at the present moment the process involves “the migration organizations themselves as well as those who carry out checks - police, the Federal Migration Service… Today all proceed from the fact that this is a campaign that will end, and then it will be possible to live a calmer life. And if this is a campaign, inevitable losses among our own kind must be minimized”.

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