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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Traders Fear Influx From Cherkizovsky

ReutersSadovod market traders protesting Monday against the arrival of Chinese traders from Cherkizovsky Market.

About 300 traders from the Sadovod retail market in southeastern Moscow protested Monday against the arrival of Chinese traders from Cherkizovsky Market, shut by the authorities last month in a smuggling probe.
The traders, fearing for their own jobs during the economic crisis, rallied in front of the Sadovod administration to demand that their leases be prolonged and their working places not be transferred to the foreign migrants from Cherkizovsky Market, Interfax reported.
The Federal Migration Service said Monday that about 1,000 Chinese and Vietnamese traders from Cherkizovsky who have proper registration and work permits will move to the Moskovsky retail market located next to Sadovod and the Luzhniki retail market in central Moscow.
The migration service said Friday that it would deport 151 illegal workers from China and Vietnam who had worked at Cherkizovsky Market.
Cherkizovsky, Eastern Europe’s biggest market, employing tens of thousands of people, was shut on June 29 after federal inspectors found sanitary and fire violations there. The closure followed a demand by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin in early June for “convictions” in connection with the September seizure of $2 billion in goods purportedly smuggled from China to the market.
Shortly after Putin’s comments, Rossiya state television showed a documentary about the owner of Cherkizovsky Market, multimillionaire Telman Ismailov, that claimed that billions of dollars have been laundered at the market.