At least three killed in Moscow cemetery brawl


                                                      Muslim migrants from Chechnya and Dagestan vs Muslim migrants from Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. According to RT many of them were in Russia illegally. Hope they'll be getting deported now.


Fight over who controls the cemetery business.


I am unfamiliar with the situation, but a news article from last year says that people from Tajikistan and Uzbekistan can enter Russia, however they need special permission to work there. Perhaps that is the problem, they may have been working illegally?

[quote=The Guardian]Sobyanin was referring to strict new rules on working in Russia. Citizens of former Soviet republics (besides the Baltics, Georgia and Turkmenistan) can enter Russia without a visa. But a new system that came into effect on 1 January requires migrant workers to get a “patent,” or work permit, for which they must take a medical exam against contagious diseases, get medical insurance and present Russian ID. They also must pass a test on Russian language, culture and history.

Employers often employ migrant workers under the table, but the new system shifts the onus to pay tax largely on to the workers. A monthly fee – essentially an advance tax – must be paid to keep the permit open. In Moscow, it costs 4,000 roubles a month.

For a migrant worker making 20,000 to 25,000 roubles a month, that’s a lot. Akbar makes just 1,000 roubles a day. He pays 6,000 roubles a month to share a room in a communal apartment with two relatives and up to 10,000 roubles for food, transport and other needs. After the permit, he’s left with as little as 10,000 roubles (about $200) to send home to his family – a quarter of what he used to send.


So it was Russian citizens fighting migrant workers because jobs are scarce in Russia?

I hope that doesn’t end up happening in the USA.


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