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“It’s important to prevent all kinds of negative events, including the emergence of enclaves populated by foreign citizens,” said Mr. Medvedev.

There are an estimated 2.1 million illegal immigrants in Russia, many of them Chinese who are located in the far eastern area.

One of the last measures Vladimir Putin implemented before he swapped positions with Mr. Medvedev and assumed the presidency was to sign a migration policy that aims to attract temporary workers but prevent them from integrating into Russian society. Mr. Medvedev vowed to continue that policy in his declaration.

Illegal Chinese workers in Siberia frequently clash with Russian locals, according to reports from the region. A Chinese worker recently killed a Russian co-worker in a lumber mill by hacking him to death with a machete. Scores of Chinese fishermen have been detained recently for illegally fishing in Russian waters.

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