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Newspaper For Tajik, Uzbek Migrants Launched In St. Petersburg

A newspaper aimed at Central Asian labor migrants has debuted in the Russian city of St. Petersburg, RFE/RL's Tajik Service reports.

The first edition of "Turan" was distributed today free of charge.

It will come out twice a month in three languages: Russian, Uzbek, and Tajik.

Igor Belousov, the Russian businessman behind it, told RFE/RL he came up with the idea after speaking to labor migrants and finding that many from Uzbekistan and Tajikistan could not understand Russian.

Belousov, who grew up in Kazakhstan, said reading a newspaper in their native languages should help migrants integrate and familiarize themselves with Russian law and customs.

He said "Turan" has four correspondents and a monthly budget of some 300,000 rubles ($10,000).