The situation got worse since our last report on illegal activities at the Moscow Metro where illegal immigrants sell drugs, fake documents, passports, diplomas, school leaving certificates, etc. Besides, the number of them keeps increasing.
This is a place where illegal immigrants may buy fake work permits, medical certificates and passports and find a job. As a rule, it is something connected with manual labor and low-paid. Their fellow countrymen will also offer them a place to live in (basements or buildings to be demolished).
We are at Komsomolskaya Metro Station. Here policemen carry out clean up operations from time to time detaining most suspicious-looking habitués to check their documents. Scuffles are pretty common here.
It is a well-organized process that involves hundreds of people. It is characterized by a strict division of labor and perhaps brings its masterminds millions in profit.
When the law obliging all newly-arrived immigrants to get registered was repealed, the situation got worse. Today immigrants can stay in the country for 90 days with no registration. Many of them go back to their country to spend there just one day and then return to Moscow.
The Moscow Metro is a very convenient place for a murky business because it’s warm and light in here and it’s always crowded which means you can always escape a police officer when you see one.
Detainees often say their passports have been lost and make up names which makes it almost impossible to establish their real identity in a 2-day period as stated by the law.
“Entrance to the city is closed”.
This very station is occupied by people from Uzbekistan and their monthly turnover is estimated at $200,000. Dobryninskaya Metro Station belongs to people from Kyrgyzstan.
According to police, the situation cannot be improved under the current legislation.