Enjoying ad-free content?
Since July 1, 2024, we have disabled all ads to improve your reading experience.
This commitment costs us $10,000 a month. Your support can help us fill the gap.
Support us
Our journalism is banned in Russia. We need your help to keep providing you with the truth.

Farmer Suspected of Using Slave Labor

A farmer in southern Russia is suspected of using at least 13 people as slave labor, the regional Interior Ministry said Monday.

Some of those people were abducted and some tricked into working on his farm in the Stavropol region without any pay, the ministry said.

The workers lived in a barracks and were beaten severely for any mistakes, the statement said, adding that when police raided the farm they found 13 people who were illegally held in a shed.

The victims told police that the farmer had seized their passports and never paid any wages, while any attempts by them to leave were ruthlessly squashed with beatings and confinement in a metal container, the department's statement said.

An investigation has been launched. The use of slave labor in Russia carries a prison term of up to 10 years. Abduction is punishable by up to eight years.

… we have a small favor to ask. As you may have heard, The Moscow Times, an independent news source for over 30 years, has been unjustly branded as a "foreign agent" by the Russian government. This blatant attempt to silence our voice is a direct assault on the integrity of journalism and the values we hold dear.

We, the journalists of The Moscow Times, refuse to be silenced. Our commitment to providing accurate and unbiased reporting on Russia remains unshaken. But we need your help to continue our critical mission.

Your support, no matter how small, makes a world of difference. If you can, please support us monthly starting from just $2. It's quick to set up, and you can be confident that you're making a significant impact every month by supporting open, independent journalism. Thank you.

paiment methods
Not ready to support today?
Remind me later.

Read more