Russia Starving Detained Migrants

An Uzbek news source is reporting that detained migrants in a remote centre in Russia are “emaciated, exhausted and unwell” from being fed only bread and water for months.

The same detention center was investigated by the BBC in April. They found disturbing evidence of neglect, abuse and overt racial discrimination by officials.

The detention center is hundreds of miles from Moscow in the northern Ural mountains.

“The immigrant workers are being taken off trains and brought to the detention centre ‘to ascertain their status’, but often this process lasts for months,” a well-placed source employed in Uzbekistan’s penal system told, asking not to be identified.

The source said that those released from the center fear “even more unpleasant consequences” if they speak out. quotes a young man, Sodyk, saying that there were around 40 Uzbek workers who were emaciated, exhausted and unwell. Most were aged about 20 but looked much older. Many had had their passports taken away illegally by the local police.

“Every so often they would allow us to make a phone call but only to other parts of Russia,” Sodyk continued. “The food rations for the most part consisted of a piece of bread with water; for dinner they only gave us boiled water.”

The BBC report found refugees living in a collection of rotting mobile homes that had been used by East German laborers in the 1980s.

The buildings were falling apart. In the bathrooms, there were holes in the walls. Many of the rooms had buckets in the middle of the floor to catch the water dripping through electrical fittings in the ceilings. Most walls were warped with water damage.

The buildings were well-insulated, but the residents said some bedrooms were bitterly cold when the temperature outside dropped to -30C.

The BBC reported racism directed at the Africans in the camp and locals shouting Nazi slogans at the refugees as they were being interviewed.

Russia’s Federal Migration Service’s official spokesperson was sacked after he told the BBC:

“What is now at stake is the survival of the white race. We feel this in Russia. We want to make sure the mixing of blood happens in the right way here, and not the way it has happened in Western Europe where the results have not been good.”

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Ann G.
Ann G4 years ago


Yvonne Fast
Yvonne F5 years ago

Sad! It is an illiberal democracy so........ But let's hope this information reach some authorities that can act on it. Thanks for posting!

David Anderson
David Anderson5 years ago

Serj S.
4:50am PST on Dec 5, 2011
P.S. I'm not sure in how to create a right petition. So may I ask you to start it?
Serj S.:
It seems intimidating at first, but all you have to do is go to "My Care2" in the upper right corner of the screen, and then from the drop-down menu click on "My Petition Site" After you do that, there will be a box on the page with the invitation to start a petition. Click on it, and you will be given instructions which will walk you through it. My only advice from there is to write the petition in such a way that it advocates a workable action rather than merely a complaint--save that for the general description. Best Wishes!

Serj Sergievsky
Serj Sergievsky5 years ago

P.S. I'm not sure in how to create a right petition. So may I ask you to start it?
And don't forget send it to me too!

Serj Sergievsky
Serj Sergievsky5 years ago

I agree with you Janice S.! Situation is out of control! It is realy serious!
We must start a petition in UN!

Janice S.
Janice S5 years ago

I made a comment a little while ago but don't see it. So here goes again.

This is absolutely unacceptable. Something must be done to remedy this horrible situation. If things dont change within Russia itself- then the UN should do something. I was hoping there was a pettition but do not see one on this issue.

Janice S.
Janice S5 years ago

This is absolutely horible . I pray that something will be done to rectify this immediately. Are there any pettitions in regard to this atrocity in the making? The UN should be taking action if nothing is done from within Russia.

K s Goh
KS Goh5 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Serj Sergievsky
Serj Sergievsky5 years ago

Ala M, don't be subjective! As russian, i can say, that not all people in this country have primitive mind. For example - me.
Most people in Russia are shocking about this terrible situation and aslo about other many scandalous problems! This is fact! The situation with migrants very serious and difficult!
And the most terrible is that government of my country supports and provokes similar situation very often!!!

Oh, my God, help us! It's really awful!
The twenty first century has come...
What a shame!

Martha Eberle
Martha Eberle5 years ago

A horrible report to read, as well as the Russian official's comments about the mixing of the races. As Care2 keeps reporting awful situations, how are humans to combat all these injustices? I guess, as with all things, slowly but surely, as one person decides to take a stand and move on a problem. I feel discouraged, yet I will get my will back again when I rest.