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FSB busts gang responsible for forging documents for illegal migrants in Russia

Nineteen members of the organized crime ring, including its leaders, have been detained

MOSCOW, May 6. /TASS/. he Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) has said it shut down the activities of a crime ring that established an underground network for legalizing illegal migrants in various regions of Russia.

"Russia’s Federal Security Service, in collaboration with the Russian Interior Ministry and National Guard, has thwarted the illegal activities of members of an organized crime group in Moscow and the Moscow region who made and sold to illegal migrants, though a network of mediators in various regions of Russia, fake passports of citizens of Central Asian countries and other documents required for migrant registration, temporary stay or residence permits and Russian citizenship," the FSB said.

Nineteen members of the organized crime ring, including its leaders, have been detained, while 11 workshops for making the counterfeit documents have been uncovered.