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Trouble With Migrants

As in Soviet times, migrant workers lived with very few rights in the capital. Russian citizens still believe strangers are taking what rightfully belongs to Muscovites -- before it was apartments and now jobs. If all the foreign drivers and builders were to leave, however, the capital would most likely find itself in a difficult situation -- the city has never gotten by on its own.

But legal migrant workers are not the problem.

The pretty picture of official and controlled supplemental labor imports pales when compared to what is happening on the black market, where it is estimated that underground workers outnumber registered workers.

This means hundreds of billions of rubles never make it into the capital's treasury while doctors guess at how to protect residents from exotic diseases, and a diaspora of individuals living by their own laws forms a criminal environment in the city.

Moskovskiye Novosti, Sept. 21.