Kyrgyz migrants complain of Russian employers' failure to pay wages


MOSCOW -- Hundreds of Kyrgyz migrants have filed complaints with Kyrgyzstan's State Migration Service for the non-payment of wages by Russian employers since the beginning of the year, reported Friday (September 14) citing an agency press release.

The agency's office in Russia has received 1,786 appeals for help this year so far, including 551 related to unpaid wages.

It has forwarded 321 such complaints to Russia's Investigation Committee, and Russian authorities have opened criminal cases against employers with large debts, said the statement.

"With the assistance of the State Migration Service, the Kyrgyz who turned to it [to obtain] unpaid wages were paid [43.5 million rubles ($640,000)]," the agency said.

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