MOSCOW, December 10 (RIA Novosti) – A Moscow district court has annulled the residency documents of 333 migrant workers who were all registered as living at a single apartment in northern Moscow, the Prosecutor General’s Office said on Monday.
Prosecutors established that the 333 migrants from Central Asia were registered to live in a 480-square-foot (44.7-square-meter) apartment belonging to a Moscow man.
A regional prosecutor’s office sent a petition to court demanding action on what it saw as violation of migration regulations.
The previous “record” for the number of registered residents was set by an unemployed Muscovite who registered 100 guest workers in his apartment. He was ultimately sentenced to five days in jail for the infraction.
Migration is a contentious issue for Russians, with widespread disquiet in some sectors of society about the increasing numbers of foreign workers coming to Russia to live.
The government is aware, however, of the need for cheap labor in many sectors, as the economy is dogged by low productivity and many sectors such as construction, are heavily reliant on guest workers.