Gas leak kills 4 Vietnamese workers in Russia

By Truong Quang Nam - Phan Thuy, Thanh Nien News

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Neighbors sharing condolences with Nguyen Thi Hien who almost fainted after learning that her husband Nguyen Van Chien died in Russia. Photo: Phan Thuy Neighbors sharing condolences with Nguyen Thi Hien who almost fainted after learning that her husband Nguyen Van Chien died in Russia. Photo: Phan Thuy

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Four Vietnamese workers in the Russian city of Magas have been killed in their sleep by an apparent gas leak at home. 
Other workers are calling for donations to repatriate the bodies of the victims -- Nguyen Van Chien, 43, Nguyen Van Hieu, 21, Nguyen Hong Thai, 45 of Quang Binh Province and an unidentified man from Nghe An.
Chien’s wife, Nguyen Thi Hien, said some workers called her on April 20 to inform about his death.
“They said the men went to sleep without closing the gas valve, leading to the gas leak that killed all four of them in the room,” she said.
Chien has two young children and Thai has three in Quang Binh. It is unclear about the other two’s marital status.
These workers have worked in Russia for three to four years and often moved to different cities to follow casual jobs.
It has not been confirmed if they were working legally in Russia.
According to latest statistics from the Central Government’s Anti-crime Steering Committee, Russian police bust four cases of forced labor with many Vietnamese workers in 2013. More than 1,000 Vietnamese workers were rescued and repatriated that year. 

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