We would like to draw to your attention the publication of Matthew Light’s article, “Policing Migration in Soviet and Post-Soviet Moscow”, published in Post-Soviet Affairs, 2010, issue 26/4, pp. 275-313.
Abstract: Why and how does the Moscow city government limit the rights of migrants? How are Moscow police involved in enforcing these policies? Drawing on interviews, scholarly publications, and the Russian press, this article addresses these questions. Post-Soviet changes in migration to Moscow and the city government’s efforts to restrict migration are examined as are changes in enforcing residence restrictions. Soviet and post-Soviet approaches to migration are compared and the relationship between political context and police conduct is analyzed to understand the relationship between the police and the contemporary Russian state.