ICR to check into reports of elderly and disabled people kidnappings in Moscow region

ICR to check into reports of elderly and disabled people kidnappings in Moscow region

According to a TV story broadcasted by one of the federal channels, people regularly disappear in the Moscow region. Allegedly, after being kidnapped, they get enslaved and panhandle in the streets.

According to a TV story broadcasted by one of the federal channels, people regularly disappear in the Moscow region. Allegedly, after being kidnapped, they get enslaved and panhandle in the streets.

It was Vesti telecast that reported on elderly and disabled people getting abducted and forced into slavery. Reporters talked to the relatives of a missing person in Sergiev Posad.

The story tells about Vladimir Blokhin, who went to a store and never returned. Vladimir is disabled, his right leg is missing. According to volunteers who are searching for the missing people, elderly and disabled people are hunted down and subsequently forced to begging. Each beggar can ‘earn’ up to 10 thousand rubles a day ($173).

Journalists, along with volunteers, searched for the missing Blokhin. People at the railway station identified a photograph of the disabled man – the abductee had been standing there with a cap, begging for alms. He would be transported to and from the spot. The telecast also says that kidnapped people are often taken to Moscow, where they are settled in abandoned hostels, and then are forced to collect alms for ten hours a day.

“Aleksandr Bastrykin has instructed to check into these facts and, if there are grounds, give an objective legal assessment of the people’s actions,” agency’s official representative Svetlana Petrenko told RIA.

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