Tajik embassy asks Russian authorities to take measures against authors of manual for migrants

23/10/2012 09:50
Avaz Yuldoshev
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DUSHANBE, October 23, 2012, Asia-Plus  -- Tajikistan’s Embassy in Moscow has strongly condemned a new manual for migrants, noting that the booklet insults labor migrants, including Tajik nationals temporarily residing in the Russian Federation.

A statement released by the embassy, in particular, notes that separate persons or groups “that deliberately create an atmosphere of hate between peoples and nationalities will never gain their ends, because such actions will never meet with support in the civilized world.”

The embassy also expressed hope that “unbecoming behavior of book’s authors will be seriously studied by the Russian authorities and relevant measures will be taken to prevent such actions in the future.”

We will recall that the new manual designed to help migrants from Central Asia has caused a storm in St. Petersburg because of its apparent racist content.

According to some media sources, the St. Petersburg prosecutor’s office has launched preliminary investigations into "Instructions for Labor Migrants," which was recently published in Russian, Kyrgyz, Tajik, and Uzbek.

The booklet has been printed by the Look Into The Future publishing house and is seemingly intended as an aid for thousands of migrants from Central Asia, many of whom are employed as construction workers in Russia’s major cities.

Along with legal information concerning Russian rules and regulations, the booklet also provides some social advice.

Among other things, it warns labor migrants not to spit in the street, not to squat, not to litter, and not to wear bathrobes or tracksuits in public places, Radio Liberty reports.

The booklet's illustrations also depict labor migrants as tools commonly used in the construction industry, such as hammers, brooms, paintbrushes, and paint scrapers.

Somewhat controversially, the pictures portray these immigrants being met at the airport by real human beings wearing the uniforms of Russian customs officials and border guards.

Another drawing shows the tools being lectured by a human doctor on the danger of AIDs.  He also warns them that they should go home immediately if they are infected.

Not surprisingly, the booklet's content has drawn criticism for being somewhat bigoted and relying on cliched stereotypes.

Russian human rights organizations and Diasporas of Central Asia’s nations in Russia have condemned the booklet, calling it humiliating and offensive.

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