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Putin’s Men Targeting Migrants as Moscow Mayor Race Heats Up

Russian President Vladimir Putin has opened Moscow’s first detention camp for illegal immigrants as migrants become the main concern among voters preparing for the city’s first mayoral election since 2003.

The tarpaulin tents for 600 people, surrounded by an eight-meter (26 feet) fence, signal the campaign for the Sept. 8 vote heating up as Putin seeks to show that he’s in control of Europe’s largest city, the center of Russia’s opposition. His protege, acting Mayor Sergei Sobyanin, is pulling out all the stops to beat challengers including protest leader Alexei Navalny and show the world the Kremlin’s dominance.