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MOSCOW -- Russian authorities say they will soon deport 46 Kyrgyz nationals, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reports.

Kyrgyz Embassy officials in Moscow told RFE/RL that they held talks with Moscow officials this week on the expedited deportation of the Kyrgyz, who are being kept in an immigration police detention center in the Russian capital.

The embassy officials said the 46 Kyrgyz will be deported for violating Russian immigration regulations and minor administrative misdeeds.

The deportation process has reportedly been delayed because many of them are not providing information about themselves to the Russian immigration police.

There are hundreds of thousands of Kyrgyz labor migrants working permanently in Russia both legally and illegally. The majority of them are in Moscow.

Dozens of them have been killed and injured in recent years in xenophobic attacks.

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