Russia is Generously Making New Laws for Georgians
// Practicing new methods to prevent them from coming
Russian police continued large-scale checks of enterprises controlled by ethnic Georgians. Police groups visited tens of restaurants, cafes, stores, casinos, and even Georgian cultural center yesterday. Federal Migration Service created a special "Georgian" department which will deal exclusively with immigrants from Georgia. The new department has already made the conclusion that Russian "regions do not need specialists from Georgia".
Georgian cultural center in Moscow was checked yesterday. The check lasted for 4 hours, and included all rooms, all employees, and all documents. The center was not closed. However, some other organizations subjected to the check were closed, for instance Golden Palace entertainment center, just a few days before its 12th anniversary. The casino did not have technical passports and conformity certificates for some of its gambling tables and machines. Besides, police discovered the lack of hygiene certificates for the kitchen, storage rooms, and employees of restaurants and bars. It was also announced that Crystal center, part of Golden Palace holding, is allegedly controlled by criminal leaders from Georgia.
Golden Palace spokeswoman Maya Rumyantseva told Kommersant that the closed centers "have already paid $6.7 million to the budget through the special tax inspection for casino business", that "all gambling tables and machines are registered in the same inspection", and that employees of restaurants, bars, and kitchen are subject to medical examination twice a year - in April and October.
While fighters against economic crimes checked Georgian business, press offices of other departments of Russian Internal Affairs Ministry provided PR back-up for the operations, giving information to mass media about previous arrests of the members of Georgian criminal groupings - murderers, burglars, and thieves. These reports were to prove that ethnic criminals seriously aggravate the situation in Moscow and regions.
It was announced, for instance, that Georgian thief Georgy Giorgadze (Gy) was arrested as he exited a slot-machine parlor in Moscow. He was searched, and it was discovered he had heroin. Gy controlled a criminal grouping consisting of people of Georgian origin, that committed thefts and robberies in Moscow. Internal Affairs Ministry also announced that 16 members of another criminal grouping were arrested between March and September. The grouping consisted of people from Georgia and Abkhazia. They intimidated or alcoholized elderly Muscovites, then registered their apartments as the property of front persons, and killed those elderly people.
Federal Migration Service as well was very active yesterday. FMS deputy head Mikhail Tyurkin disclosed the new policy on Georgian citizens. First, the official confirmed that Belarus authorities are ready to introduce visa regime with Georgia - to block the way which can be used by Georgians "to get into Russia illegally, taking advantage of the lack of borders". Meanwhile, Russia has stopped giving visas to Georgian citizens.
Mikhail Tyurkin said that FMS created a special "Georgian" department which is to check the purpose of arrival of Georgians to Russia. The purpose is put down into migration cards as Georgians cross the border. Tyurkin explained that sometimes Georgians work as vendors instead of declared purpose of studying, or participate in criminal activities instead of doing commerce, as declared.
Moreover, it will be almost impossible to find work for Georgian citizens in Russia from this time on. FMS will prohibit to grant permits for legal work in Russia to Georgians, or permits for temporal living (the first step to obtaining Russian citizenship).
FMS decided to make changes to the migration code. It increased the punishment for those who hire illegal foreigners for up to 500,000 rubles. Tyurkin promised that amendments to the criminal code will be made as well, creating criminal responsibility for hiring illegal foreign labor force. FMS does not deny that such measures are aimed at Georgian citizens. "We are not making priorities," said FMS deputy spokesman Denis Soldatikov. "But every hundredth Georgian commits crimes, that is takes part in criminal activities."
Nikolai Sergeev; Ivan Tyazhlov; Andrei Chervakov, Orel