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Russia's migrant workers live under the radar

They make up 15% of the workforce and are often subjected to low pay, mistreatment and discrimination

Migrants in Russia clean city streets and maintain huge residential buildings. They hail from countries such as Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Georgia, playing a key role in the manufacturing, retail and service sectors.


ON A brutally cold day in February, hundreds of labourers from Uzbekistan mill around in the snow and mud of a construction site 10 miles outside Moscow. Surrounding them are a series of unfinished 18-storey apartment blocks meant to serve as homes for Russian military officers...

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