Possible negligence in preventing illegal immigration in Moscow being probed

An inquiry has been opened relating to the immigrants who live in Moscow without passports, visas or Russian migration cards, the Russian Investigative Committee said in a press release seen by Interfax on Friday.

An inquiry has been opened relating to the immigrants who live in Moscow without passports, visas or Russian migration cards, the Russian Investigative Committee said in a press release seen by Interfax on Friday.

"The Russian Investigative Committee's department for Moscow is conducting a preliminary inquiry into claims of negligence on the part of policemen in the Golyanovo and Izmailovo districts during measures to prevent illegal immigration," it said.

On July 31, policemen and officers of the Federal Migration Service stepped up their crackdown on illegal immigrants living in the east of Moscow, the committee said.

"As a result of the measures, 116 citizens of Asian countries and natives of the Caucasus and Transcaucasia republics were detained at two locations alone on the territory under the control of the Golyanovo and Izmailovo district police departments. These people have no passports, valid visas or migration cards. They were taken to a police station," the committee said.

Police officers are responsible for preventing and combating illegal immigration, it said.

"Investigators do not rule out that high-ranking police officers in the Izmailovo and Golyanovo districts improperly fulfilled the aforementioned duties and their actions or lack of thereof might be signs of negligence (Article 293 of the Russian Penal Code)," it said.

All of the officers responsible for these violations of immigration laws are currently under investigation, the committee said.

"A legal assessment will be given and procedural decisions will be adopted based on the results of the inquiry," it said.

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