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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Collapse Kills 3 Migrant Workers, Injures 6

Three Tajik construction workers were killed in a building collapse near Paveletsky Station, the Emergency Situations Ministry said Thursday.

The decrepit building at 71 Sadovnicheskaya Naberezhnaya, purchased by private investors in 2008, collapsed Wednesday afternoon as immigrant workers, all from Tajikistan and many lacking proper documents, conducted repairs to its foundation, Interfax reported. Six workers were injured.

The body of the third victim was recovered at 7 a.m. Thursday, an Emergency Situations Ministry spokesman told Interfax. The two other bodies were retrieved late Wednesday.

Deputy Moscow Mayor Vladimir Resin said the workers were illegally living in the building at the time of its collapse and that the owners, the Ilyinskiye Vorota company, had commissioned the work without a building permit and had employed illegal migrants, Interfax reported. Prosecutors opened a criminal case against Ilyinskiye Vorota on suspicion of construction work violations that resulted in multiple deaths. If convicted, the owners of the company face up to seven years in prison.

In January, seven Tajik workers died in Moscow when a fire broke in an underground parking garage where they were being housed illegally.