ISW: Russia accuses migrants of crimes – to use them in war

The Institute for the Study of Wars (ISW) indicated in its latest report that the Russian authorities are ramping up their mobilization efforts regarding the Central Asian migrant community in Russia.

Wladimir Kolokolzew, the Russian Minister of Interior, met with the MVD board to discuss the “migration problem” and “ethnic criminality.” Moreover, he made the insinuation that migrants would commit crimes more often than Russian citizens. The report further states, “Kolokolzew defended the recent mobilization actions of the Russian law enforcement agencies against migrant communities and claimed that Russian law enforcement would enforce standard legal norms.”

Investigative Committee specifically investigates naturalized migrants

An insider source mentioned that the Russian Investigative Committee would conduct investigations against naturalized migrants with Russian citizenship and would reopen previously discontinued and deleted criminal cases to mobilize migrants for combat in Ukraine. The ISW also reported, “The insider source also claimed that the Russian Investigative Committee is now investigating migrants for every crime, even for minor offenses, and is extending investigations against the individual in question to their friends and family as well.”

Image:, Vladimir Putin at the site Donguzsky (2015-09-19) 10.jpg, CC BY 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons (image size changed)

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