Concentration camp for “illegal” migrants in the Golyanovo district in Moscow
August 8th, 2013
New information from Moscow has revealed the existence of a pre-deportation concentration camp for migrants. The camp for “illegal” migrants is in the Moscow Golyanovo district. A pre-election hunt for migrant workers is in full swing: police forces have begun rounding-up workers in markets, construction sites and sewing workshops. Immigrants are being illegally detained and deprived of freedom while being placed in inhumane conditions. In a video, Dmitry Zykov talks with the inhabitants of the first camp for illegal migrants in Moscow . Soon, the whole country may open dozens of such camps.
FMS and emergency Services opened the campgrounds for the temporary detention of illegal immigrants before their deportation. In the camp, there are at least 1,200 Vietnamese citizens who were found during an anti-immigrant raid in the east of Moscow, where they lived in a warehouse. There are also a number of other prisoners, including Syrian refugees. According to some, 1,400 people are detained. Prisoners have been forced to settle in tents, and will be fed out of field kitchens. They will only be given water and dry rations .
A series of anti-immigrant raids took place in Moscow on Monday, July 29. The reason provided for the raids was an incident that occurred in late May at Matveevskom Moscow market. A trader of watermelons from Dagestan, Magomed Rasulov, allegedly attacked an operative CID, Anton Kudryashov on July 27th. The report from authorities is that Magomed attacked Anton Kurdryyashov, and officers were sent to apprehend him based on direction from Dagestani police. Reports from witnesses differ. They allege that police attacked Magomed, and that he was trying to defend himself when the officer fell to the ground .
On August 3rd, Human Rights Advocate, Svetlana Gannushkina reported on the Pionernyj district camp for migrants: “A Courteous Police officer greeted I and Vladimir Lukin, explained to us that the Vietnamese are waiting for when they are taken to court; He would not explain procedures with detail, the conditions of the camps, or the legal status of the Vietnamese detainees. The time allowed by law for detention without trial is 48 hours-which now has long passed. The camp is heavily guarded, and people are being unlawfully deprived of their freedom. As it turns out, some prisoners had all the necessary documents: Passport with a valid visa until September and migration cards. This campaign can not pass without victims, please recall the hunt for Georgians in 2006. As it was then, the campaign is politically motivated. We fully understand that the ugly “war” campaign against the oppressed of Russia has not stopped.” 
Reports from August 5th indicate that there could be up to 83 more anti immigration camps set up across Russia. FMS has prepared a bill on the establishment in the region of Russia 81 to 83 new institutions for the detention of illegal migrants and requests to increase its staff to 4.5 thousand people. The tent camp set up for illegal migrants in Moscow is almost full. Human rights activists say that the camps do not have any legal status.
"There (in the camp) are some Syrians, who by court order are subject to deportation to a country where they could face the death penalty on the spot," said the chairman of the standing committee on migration policy and the protection of human rights in international relations, Eugene Bobrov. He also said that more than 90% contained in the camp are citizens of Vietnam, detained for failing to report where they are living and at the result of unfair labor laws. "One of those who spoke in Russian and had documents which we were able to see, had already entered the territory of Russia legally"- said Bobrov. The head of the human rights organization "Agora", Pavel Chikov, on Twitter noted that Russia, in connection with membership in the Council of Europe "has no right to expel people who are sentenced to death". Recall camps for illegal migrants were deployed in the east of Moscow after the raids, which began following the alleged beating of a police officer in the market "MATVEEVSKIY" from resident of Dagestan. Over 1,200 migrants have been detained and are threatened with expulsion from Russia. 
A statement of Outreach is in circulation by left-wing activists/organizers, written on 7.8.2013. September 8 is the election for mayor of Moscow. Almost all of the candidates - from both the current government and the opposition - take advantage of cheap populist campaign tactics in an attempt to impress and convince Muscovites that their problems can not be solved without limiting the rights of “illegal” migrants.
Meanwhile, workers around the world have been successful in the struggle for their rights, only when united, regardless of eye shape and place of birth, the requirement of equal pay for all labor and social safety and security. Power and capital seek to divide and conquer by pitting one group oppressed by another, making even more disfranchised. The working class must oppose the xenophobic policies of the authorities and have solidarity in the struggle for common civil interests.” 
At the camp on August 8th 2013, activists held a Protest against the concentration camps and the persecution of foreigners. On Thursday morning, about 10 people unfurled a banner with the text “Illegal people do not exist” and lit smoke flares. They chanted, “Today workers - tomorrow you”, “No borders, no deportations”. None of the activists were detained.
The protesters demanded political rights of migrants be provided. This is the statement of protesters at the camp for migrants in Golyanovo:
"We - the anarchist(s), artists, and queers - we come today to the Moscow concentration camp in Golyanovo to say that people should not be illegal - dumped and excluded from free and public space-such as happening to "illegal migrants", making this of the statist-xenophobic agenda - the statement from activists says - We have to try to break the silence and indifference, closed down upon the destinies of the people when in competition for attention of the ksenofobstvuyuschih "voters". Each candidate for mayor of Moscow acting as one man trying to outdo the other in the dehumanization of migrants and also of hundreds of thousands of Muscovites who do not have a "passport to be a citizen of the Russian Federation." We came here to also express our hatred of the world, divided by state-lines in which the cohesive has built in the most basic elements of language, concepts, relations of the power of nationalism of mass pushes everyone who is not incorporated into this existing system of political, economic and cultural power. We have come to warn about the danger of the proliferation of fascist practices of creating concentration camps and mass arrests on the basis of race, being used first for the suppression of the most vulnerable groups in our society, will soon be applied to others - less vulnerable today, and then - still others, and so as long as the whole country turns into one huge concentration camp.
But we did not come just for that. Refusal of building of these concentration camps and the practice of denying mass deportations is only the first step on a long journey.
On the way to ensure that people that live near us are only white “indigenous citizens”, these people who are now working in cleaning streets, in construction, trade in shops and markets, taxi drivers, and they do much, much more, people with the fruits of labor that we face every day and every hour, should not be deprived of their voting, their voices and treated as powerless creatures - but should equally claim their rights to participate in what is in their interests, their claims should be to equally participate in public life and governance. We ourselves - are not immigrants, we are not people without papers, we have no experience of this kind of life - and we can not speak for them. We can not specify requirements for each and every one with such a fate. Yes, they may not be uniform of us- they are all different people, with different fates, different views, different interests in all senses of the word. But we can work to ensure that workers get their voice, we can ensure that the halt of ethnic cleansing happens, closing of the deportation camps, ending arbitrary identity checks and make real, the right to the protection of justice that has made the formation of self-organized movements of migrants possible. We can work to ensure that workers have a chance to gain their own voice.
And we must do this!
Undocumented people do not exist!
Neither nations, no borders, no deportations!
Migrants - also Muscovites!
immigrants here today - and tomorrow will be you!
Migrants - political rights!