Moscow is a hospitable city that is ready to host citizens of other countries but breaking the law is not allowed there, and this will lead to strict measures, said Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin.
According to many representatives of the expert community, the current situation with migrants is one of the main threats to Russia's national security.
“The problem of migrants has existed in our country for quite a long time,” Doctor of Economics Mikhail Delyagin, academic advisor of the Institute of Globalization Problems, told wek.ru. “However, there is a feeling now that our state is pursuing a policy of replacing Russia's population with guest workers. There is an election campaign now, and the authorities have decided to use this issue to their advantage. That is, they have aggravated it in every possible way for five years, and now they are simply parasitizing on it.”
As previously reported, mass brawls between migrants have recently become more frequent in Moscow. There is only one solution for dealing with the violations which are to punish them, expel them from Russia and ban further entry, said Sobyanin.
“Expelling migrants from Russia after mass brawls is a drop in the ocean,” Delyagin said, “because they will reach the border, buy a new passport, and go back. The state is not taking any real measures, aimed at combating illegal migration. Moreover, Marat Khusnullin, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, recently announced that 1 million new guest workers should be brought to Russia, and Russian Railways is preparing specially chartered trains for this purpose.”
The Public Chamber of the Russian Federation has held a round table on the problems of illegal migration recently. Konstantin Malofeev, a businessman and owner of the Tsargrad TV channel, who stated that migrants cause real economic damage to Russia, took part in it. According to him, last year alone migrants transferred $3 billion from Russia to their home country.
“A trillion rubles was taken from Russian families for other countries’ families!” Malofeev said indignantly.
“In my opinion, $3 billion is not an accurate estimate of the funds withdrawn from Russia,” Delyagin said. “This figure seems to me to be understated many times over. However, that is not even the crucial thing here. The crucial thing is that these jobs are indeed being taken away from Russian citizens.”
To Delyagin’s thinking, the criminal situation concerning illegal migration is “much worse” than the Russian media report because migrants have their lawyers, gunmen, law enforcement units, and even their judges. He firmly believes that the existence of ethnic diasporas on the territory of the Russian Federation is necessary to prevent the representatives of the other cultures from integrating into the normal life of the country and exploit them through their isolation.
“In general, any expatriate community in Russia should be recognized as an organized crime group,” Delyagin said. “Their leaders should be treated in the same way as crime bosses are dealt with under the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation.”