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1 Dec 2023

The Moscow Times (Netherlands)

Russia: Retail giant Wildberries allegedly 'assists' law enforcement in raid targeting migrant workers for military recruitment

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Russian Police Raid Warehouse in Search of War Recruits – Reports

Law enforcement agents in central Russia's Tula region on Friday reportedly raided a warehouse belonging to the online retail giant Wildberries in search of fresh recruits for Moscow's war against Ukraine, according to news channels on the messaging app Telegram.

The raid, which took place in the town of Aleksino, was said to have targeted male migrants who recently obtained Russian citizenship but failed to complete their compulsory military registration, as well as conscription-age men suspected of evading military service, according to the Baza Telegram channel, which is believed to have links to security services…

Wildberries' press service said the raid on Friday was “pre-planned as a part of a military recruitment campaign” and “did not affect the operation of the warehouse in any way.”

“Everything is working as usual. The warehouse's management assisted law enforcement agencies,” the company's press service was quoted as saying by the state-run TASS news agency…

Police raids targeting migrant workers hailing predominantly from Central Asian countries…

However, since the start of the war in Ukraine, these raids have increasingly become part of Russia’s efforts to use migrant workers for bolstering its troop numbers on the battlefield…