May 20, 2024

Siberian jackpot: When North Koreans paid bribes for Soviet logging jobs

DPRK loggers earned exorbitant salaries for decades, and many North Koreans still seek to strike it rich abroad

In early July, the U.S. State Department published its annual "Trafficking in Persons" report, which predictably accused Russia and some other countries of supporting the forced labor of North Korean workers. 

The report states that Russian authorities, in violation of U.N. Security Council (UNSC) resolutions, issued 3,000 student and workers visas to North Korean citizens who went to Russia as workers.

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