Tajik migrant workers hired by some Russian construction companies to rebuild the destroyed Mariupol reportedly complain that employers have cheated them.

Radio Liberty’s Tajik Service, known locally as Radio Ozodi, reported on December 6 that “some Tajik labor migrants have been working in Mariupol occupied by Russian troops for already six months, others arrived in the city more than a month ago.”   

According to them, employers pay them only half of the promised salary.

A number of Russian companies reportedly proposed migrants from Tajikistan to make money doing restoration works in Mariupol.  Those who agreed were promised to pay from 130,000 to 250,000 Russian rubles per month.  In addition to high salaries, labor migrants were promised a "social package”: temporary housing and three meals a day.  

Meanwhile, migrants complain that they receive for their work in Mariupol only 60,000-70,000 Russian rubles.   Many of them reportedly received such a salary in Russia itself.  

Some of migrants told RFE/RL in an interview that housing is worse than anywhere, and the food is disgusting.   They say they intend to leave Mariupol at the opportunity.