Chinese workers arrested in Russia for illegally crossing border

17:00, May 25, 2010      

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The Border Protection Bureau of the coastal border area of Russia under the Russia Federal Security Service announced on May 24 that nine Chinese workers were arrested when trying to illegally cross the border back into China, according to a report from the Global Times on May 25.

The workers wanted to return to China because they could not bear the hard work, poor living conditions and low pay in Russia. According to Russian law, they could be sentenced to five years in prison.

According to the Komsomolskaya Pravda, the nine Chinese workers were arrested when they were trying to cross the China-Russia frontier in the coastal border area of Russia. The related Russian departments have begun investigations into the event.

The workers escaped from a farm in the Alexei-Nikolskoye Village near the coastal border area on May 20 and May 21 and are currently being held in detention at the Ussuriysk Interior Ministry.

After interrogation, the Russians found that the workers were legitimate labor visa-holders but their passports were confiscated by the foreman and they were forced to obey his orders. As a result, the Chinese workers were essentially "slaves."

By People's Daily Online


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