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Moscow Targets Chinese with Raids Amid Virus Fears

Subway workers with questionnaires are stopping riders thought to be from China. Subway workers with questionnaires are stopping riders thought to be from China.  |  Photo: WDIO File

Created: February 23, 2020 11:23 AM

MOSCOW (AP) - Russian authorities are going to significant lengths to keep the virus in China from surfacing in Moscow.

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Local officials ordered police raids of hotels, dormitories, apartment buildings and businesses to track down the shrinking number of Chinese nationals left in the capital.

They also authorized using facial recognition technology to find people suspected of evading a 14-day quarantine upon arrival from China.

City bus drivers complained to their union about instructions to call dispatchers if they spot Chinese passengers.

Subway workers with questionnaires are stopping riders thought to be from China.

Far away in the city of Yekaterinburg, Cossack patrols are handing out masks and strong advice to Chinese community members.

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