NewsMigrants conscripted: The hidden force in Russia's war effort

Migrants conscripted: The hidden force in Russia's war effort

Migrants are digging trenches at the front. "We have already caught over 30,000"
Migrants are digging trenches at the front. "We have already caught over 30,000"
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28 June 2024 10:03

The head of the Investigative Committee of Russia, Aleksandr Bastrykin, boasted that Russian authorities are using foreigners to conduct the war in Ukraine. It turns out that migrants are being sent to the front to dig trenches.

Much of the information provided by Russian media or government representatives is propaganda. Such reports are part of the Russian Federation's information war.

The Interfax news agency reports that during the International Legal Forum in St. Petersburg, Bastrykin stated that Moscow "located" over 30,000 foreign migrants who recently acquired Russian citizenship but did not register for the military in Russia.

"We have already caught more than 30,000 [migrants] who received citizenship and did not want to register for the military, put them on the register, and already sent about 10,000 to the zone of a special military operation," boasted Bastrykin during a panel on migration legislation in Russia. He described this move as "implementation of the Russian constitution."

Raids on factories across the country

Politico reports that Russian law enforcement is conducting special raids on factories and enterprises across the country to search for legal and illegal migrants.

Current Time TV, citing its sources, reported that during each raid, services issue migrants with military conscription notices. Various Russian private companies are also hiring migrants to dig trenches in Ukraine. Some - according to media reports - do not pay for the work.

Politico states that Russians have already built hundreds of miles of "dragon's teeth" and other types of fortifications in parts of the Ukrainian Zaporizhzhia, Donetsk, Luhansk, and Kherson regions, which have been occupied since 2022.

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