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Migrants Federation Asks Putin For Permission To Serve In Russian Army

The leader of the Migrants Federation in Russia says he has written a letter to President Vladimir Putin asking permission for labor migrants in Russia to serve in the Russian Army.

Mohammad Amin Majumer told RFE/RL on April 15 that some 100,000 migrants in Russia have expressed their readiness "to defend Russia's interests anywhere in the world."

In his letter, Majumer says, he expressed his concerns "over the West's aggressive pressure on the international community aiming to secure its dominance in the world."

Majumer said he hopes to receive an answer to his letter next week.

He said that if the idea is approved by Putin, Russia's commander in chief, he expects the the corresponding orders would be given to the Defense Ministry and State Duma.

Hundreds of thousands of labor migrants working in Russia seek Russian citizenship.

RFE/RL has been declared an "undesirable organization" by the Russian government.

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