24 Guest Workers In Moscow

Guest Workers In Moscow

Posted on February 2, 2012 by

The young generation does not remember Moscow without immigrants because people from Central Asia began moving to the city over 20 years ago. Some of them tried to escape civil wars, others wanted to improve their economic situation. Going to Moscow, they had a good chance to earn some money to send to their families.

Moscow citizens are used to living with immigrants thinking them to be low-qualified workers. They see immigrants as a pool of cheap labor – cleaning men, loaders and builders. They call them non-whites and do not see anything bad about it. It is immigrants from Central Asia whom they insult in public.

A worker from Central Asia in the morning.

A guest worker washes his clothes in the river.

Here is one of such stories:

It was summer and people were at the beach swimming, both Moscow citizens and immigrants. Two ladies were discussing if it were Ok for a dog to swim in the same river with children when people who heard them joined into their conversation with a remark, “Given that those ‘blacks’ are in the water, the dog won’t make it any dirtier”. By the way, they said it in a loud voice so ‘those blacks’ could hear them clearly. They could nothing but try to ignore the rudeness.

It looks like this hostility to immigrants is a part of their mentality.

Guest workers pray during Eid al-Adha’ in Moscow.

Those who work with the immigrants claim that there are 8 to 12 million of them in Moscow, while government asserts that the real number is no more than a million. Why? The point is that having illegal immigrants as workers allows Moscow officials:

1. Take bribes for issuing illegal works permits;

2. Conceal the real number.

Guest workers wait for food in a mosque on Ramadan.

Guest workers celebrating Eid al-Adha’ in Moscow.

Quest workers unload vegetables at one of the markets of the city.

The fall of the Soviet Union wrecked the economy of the country which now lives by selling its natural resources which needs a lot of manpower. So, immigrants are perfect for this purpose.

Another finding. People living is Central Asia are usually open-minded and like communicating with other people, including journalists. In Moscow, however, they feel this hostility and are not easy to get in touch with. Are they afraid that they will end up in a police station or an office of the migration service? All their answers are approximately like this, “We are fine. We have come here to work”.

Guest workers waiting to be hired at one of the markets of the city.

These people are not going to stay in Russia and come to this country just to work and make money for their families.

After work.

Besides, the city has a growing nationalist movement and immigrants from Central Asia with their eyes-catching look and religion are an easy target.

It is difficult for immigrants to maintain their family bonds and often they father children or give birth to children in Russia. Even people working in a shelter for immigrant mothers cannot understand why they have to help immigrants and provide their children with education when they do not always have an opportunity to do the same for Russian women in a similar situation.

This child lives with his mother who came to Moscow as a guest worker.

Immigrants from Tajikistan have some rest after work on the roof of the house they stay in near one of the markets of Moscow.


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24 Responses to “Guest Workers In Moscow”

  1. Mr Fox says:

    I’m certain that they contribute to more to the Russian society than the immigrants from the Middle East and Africa that arives in hordes to Western Europe.

  2. ayaa says:

    “However, today’s government takes no measures to take care about immigrants and their rights.”

    “Even people working in a shelter for immigrant mothers cannot understand why they have to help immigrants and provide their children with education when they do not always have an opportunity to do the same for Russian women in a similar situation.”

    Nice. :D

  3. Don says:

    They wanted to be independent from Moscow. Now they “have” what they wanted. I think if not to control migration the situation in Russia will get only worst.

  4. Captain Dunsel says:

    Some of them look white to me. I guess they are not white enough. Just like when the Nazi’s were killing all those Russians for not being white enough.

  5. Anatole says:

    So sad to see people so exploited. These are the people Lenin and the Bolsheviks would’ve organized into a working class party if they were around today.

  6. Alex says:

    Forgot to add one more photo. When the “poor” immigrants in Romodan without a ticket through the turnstiles in the subway jump by the hundreds.Have forgotten to write that 80 percent of crimes committed by them in Moscow.

  7. perristalsis says:

    “Civilization” slays me. At a time when their ancestors were living in mud huts and braining each other with clubs, the very people they scorn were busy doing things like: inventing paper, discovering astronomy, building serviceable roads, inventing written language, formulating health care procedures, etc. All that the bigots are or ever will be came from someplace else.

  8. Apu Gupta says:

    the ex countries of the soviet union became now the “mexicos of russia”, and there are many of them around russia!

  9. Quote from the article says:

    “Selling natural resources needs a lot of manpower. So, immigrants are perfect for this purpose.”

    BECAUSE RUSSIANS ARE TOO LAZY. We only have to look at the way they do everything else to see how lazy they are. Just look at the posts about Russian roads for example to see the Russian mentality (leave everything for somebody else to fix)

    The hard work of immigrants will improve things for LAZY locals.

    • ayaa says:

      Aah. So you are the world’s leading authority on Russian mentality, then.

      About the roads, the problem is funding, genius.

  10. (r)evolutionist says:

    “Taking photographs with a Lenin and a Stalin.” These two are inferior copies compared with some from the past I’ve seen on previous posts. Lenin looks like an English gentleman and Stalin looks like a chef from the Olive Garden.

  11. Sindbad says:

    Poor immigrants. “Government takes no measures to take care about immigrants and their rights”. Why then this extraordinary gentelman don’t take their assets and investments, go back to their countries and make there a super civilization? Why is the responsabity of russian to take care of them?What have russian to owe them for their filth and crimes? Who is responable for their civil wars?
    Hypocrisy, fake humanitarism, weeknes and anti majority -host nation rhetoric are a disgusting miserably mix unworthy of a dignified head

    • ayaa says:

      It’s funny. A lot of people will get pissed at the slogan “Russia for Russians”, simply because it implies ‘negativity’ against ethnic minorities. But if Russia isn’t for Russians, then who is it for?

      The government pays so much attention to Russia’s ethnic minorities, especially those from the North Caucasus, that they overlook the ethnic Russians. Which is sad, because they make up 80% of Russia’s population.

      • Gnostic says:

        There is nothing wrong with thinking “Russia for Russians”.

        But If you would give preference to Russians you do not know, that live thousands of kilometers away on the other side of your country just because they are called Russian. When a border is only a line on a map. Why treat a person who lives outside that line any different ?

        There is plenty of room on our earth, the entire population of earth can easily fit within the USA. We could grow enough food. We could provide everything we all need. We could all get along with each other. If we choose to.

        I am not saying we are all the same, we are not. But we all have the same needs, physical and emotional. What do you think of a border line that encircles the whole world.

        Your comments seam like you are a logical, well balanced person. Please do not be offended, thank you ayaa.

        • ayaa says:

          I’m not offended at all. :)

          “But If you would give preference to Russians you do not know, that live thousands of kilometers away on the other side of your country just because they are called Russian. When a border is only a line on a map. Why treat a person who lives outside that line any different ? ”

          They aren’t just called Russian, you do know that right?

        • Sindbad says:

          We do not have the same needs, physical and emotional.Tell me if you can feed with a bowl of rice per day (as in North Korea)or if you are happy kidnapping little children (muslim world).
          And we could not get along with each other. All mutiethnic states, no matter of how well were balanced collapsed in chaos: Otoman Empire, Soviet Union, Yugoslavia and now US. There is not any sustanable example of a multiehnic state. Not a single one. Why? Remember Babel tower!Nations are different, God made them and only Him can make them one. Till then,a society will survive if nation who constituit it is set apart.People are unwilling to contribute to public goods to people unlike themselves. It is a basic law of society.
          PS. You did’t answer the question why russians (and by extension european nations)must suport and provide others (nonwhite nations). Do you thing that China, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and South Africa will give not a privilege but equal rights for europeans?

          • Gnostic says:

            All the reasons for not getting along (no matter how self righteous or scientific we try to word them) are not reasons they are our choices. Nothing in the universe tells us what to like and dislike other than ourselves.

            I agree with you about all those countries you named and the attitude they show the world. It still comes down to a persons choice of what they think. People in Saudi Arabia, China, North Korea choose not to think. They use rules or laws as their excuse. They dont make the right choice because their rules are against them, but its still a choice. People will break the law if they Want to and when it suits them.

            I did not see the question about why Russians should help but if a person is in a position to help why would they Choose not to.

            Peoples arrogant, unthinking, egotistic, short term and self centered Choices could put an end to our world, but silly religious and political rules will still be intact.

            Thank you for your reply Sindbad.

            • Sindbad says:

              Nations exist with a reason.The same with races. Peoples who cross the line and defy the fundation of their nations dissapear. That’s because principles which guide nations life aren’t made by humans. We cannot chenge the law of gravity or termodynamics. The same with law of nations. Those who affirm the contrary don’t understant basic principles or are liers. Why do you think that little kids up to 5 years uncorupted with no outside influence find ugly and anthipatical persons of other races and plesant and symphatetic persons of their kin (US study)?

              Yes, man is egotistic and self centered. That’s the man buid up. The best you can expect from 99,999% of mans is to be nationalistic and be altrusit with his own nation. The 90% of the rest can go so far to be altruistic with their race. But nothing beyond.

              The big happy human race family is pure fiction and an extremly dangerous ilusion. The border line that encircles the whole world is the ultimate nightmare. USSR try that and fortunately failed. Now the US and Eu elite try that. If they succed it will be final cataclysm.

              Don’t forget two sayings. “Good with force you cannot do” and “Nobody can jump his shadow”. You cannot help an immigrant if he dosen’t want this. Problems wich made the immigrant to depart from his country are in him and will became problems of the host nation. It’s like flu or plague. you cannot help the transfug but you infect your own group. You want to help? Make this in his country not in your ground. And this is a choice not an obligation, remember that! You dislike gypsis, blaks, turks, arabs, jews, danish etc? Be sincere not hypocrite and it’s all right.

              • Gnostic says:

                Thank you Sinbad for your reply

                Sinbad, what does “Nobody can jump his shadow” mean. Is it like “You cannot change a persons nature”.

                I hope you do not think I dislike black people or any body else for that matter, my own brother inlaw is a black man. Your so called US study is simply wrong. My white kids have always gotten along very well with my sisters almost black kids, they see no difference.

                Other than that you make some very good points, people can bring the old problems with themselves to there new home, and we should help them help themselves in their own country.

  12. sean says:

    how many “rights” and free services were given to Russian citizens trapped in Tajikistan, Chechnya etc when the USSR collapsed so spectacularly? it is the fault of Chechen, Dagestani and Tajik administrations for NOT PROVIDING OR FINDING WORK for their men. Look in the West! Ireland has been exporting thousands of people for years because of INCOMPETENT LOCAL GOVERNMENT. I go back and I still see the same mongoloids in government with the same stale ideas. These people don’t have to leave because no-one stays to challenge them asking for results!

  13. Sindbad says:

    Down are studies about race awerness of small children and bad functioning of multiracial societies. I’m not a psihologist but I suppose that your children were socialized in time with their cousins.

    “Clearly, Dr. Katz writes, infants as young as 6 months old recognize racial cues, even before they develop language skills (Burnette, 1997).”

    “They wanted their children to grow up colorblind. But Vittrup’s first test of the kids revealed they weren’t colorblind at all. Asked how many white people are mean, these children commonly answered, “Almost none.” Asked how many blacks are mean, many answered, “Some,” or “A lot.” Even kids who attended diverse schools answered the questions this way”

    “Harvard professor of political science Robert D. Putnam conducted a nearly decade long study how diversity affects social trust. He surveyed 26,200 people in 40 American communities, finding that when the data were adjusted for class, income and other factors, the more racially diverse a community is, the greater the loss of trust. People in diverse communities “don’t trust the local mayor, they don’t trust the local paper, they don’t trust other people and they don’t trust institutions,” writes Putnam”


    “Relatively homogeneous societies invest more in public goods, indicating a higher level of public altruism. For example, the degree of ethnic homogeneity correlates with the government’s share of gross domestic product as well as the average wealth of citizens. Case studies of the United States… find that multi-ethnic societies are less charitable and less able to cooperate to develop public infrastructure…. A recent multi-city study of municipal spending on public goods in the United States found that ethnically or racially diverse cities spend a smaller portion of their budgets and less per capita on public services than do the more homogenous cities.”

    So it is not a problem of beeing racist, for 90% of us this is inborn and it is related with family instict. Also, it is not a problem acting racist because is a mecanism of self defence of inner selfs of comunities from villages to nations. But it is a problem denying racist traits with hypocrisy, imposing unwelcommed immigrants, buiding up societies with serious structure probleme and finaly making a total mess.

  14. Observer says:

    Oh yes, the “poor” immigrants simply coming to look for work in another country and being oppressed just like in US and western Europe. Let’s ignore all of their crime and disdain for native Russians. They are insulted because THEY DON’T BELONG THERE, it’s not their country!

  15. Antisocialist says:

    Well is somebody holding a gun to their head to stay in Russia? I think not, if they’re so oppressed just run back home.

    Just the same old globalist propaganda, finding some dirty people, take pictures and make up lies to fit the propaganda.

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