icon bookmark-bicon bookmarkicon cameraicon checkicon chevron downicon chevron lefticon chevron righticon chevron upicon closeicon v-compressicon downloadicon editicon v-expandicon fbicon fileicon filtericon flag ruicon full chevron downicon full chevron lefticon full chevron righticon full chevron upicon gpicon insicon mailicon moveicon-musicicon mutedicon nomutedicon okicon v-pauseicon v-playicon searchicon shareicon sign inicon sign upicon stepbackicon stepforicon swipe downicon tagicon tagsicon tgicon trashicon twicon vkicon yticon wticon fm

Alleged slave drivers detained in Moscow

Russian police have freed 49 people from Uzbekistan who they say were being held against their will in the Moscow region. A group of Azerbaijani nationals have been detained on suspicion of kidnapping the men and forcing them to clean vegetables.

Russia's Ministry of Internal Affairs says the freed men wanted to work in Russia, but were illegally trafficked to the Moscow region from Central Asia.

Their passports were then taken from them.

They are reported to have been forced to work up to 14 hours a day cleaning onions and were threatened with violence if they refused to obey the alleged kidnappers.

If proved guilty, the traffickers could spend up to 15 years in prison.

“Our officers have planned and carried out a special operation in which they freed almost 50 illegal immigrants. They were trafficked to a warehouse, where they were forced to clean onions for up to 14 hours a day for very little money. They weren’t allowed to leave the warehouse and were fined for breaking rules. Currently 13 people have agreed to co-operate with investigators,” said Evgeny Artemov from the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

Dear readers and commenters,

We have implemented a new engine for our comment section. We hope the transition goes smoothly for all of you. Unfortunately, the comments made before the change have been lost due to a technical problem. We are working on restoring them, and hoping to see you fill up the comment section with new ones. You should still be able to log in to comment using your social-media profiles, but if you signed up under an RT profile before, you are invited to create a new profile with the new commenting system.

Sorry for the inconvenience, and looking forward to your future comments,

RT Team.