The Vietnamese embassy in Russia has dismissed any connection between 250 Vietnamese arrested last week for illegal immigration with the weapons and extremist documents police confiscated from their place of work.
In an email written to Thanh Nien dated July 10, Le Hong Truong, chief of the consular office under the embassy, said the information about the immigrants' involvement came from a Vietnamese interpreter who had been hired by Russia's Federation Migration Service to assist with the case.
On July 7, Russian agencies raided a textile factory in Moscow and took into custody 250 Vietnamese workers for illegal immigration.
During the raid, they also found a submachine gun, a gun cartridge, one pistol, along with extremist videos and literature allegedly in Arabic, ITAR-TASS News Agency reported.
According to Truong, the materials and weapons most likely belonged to the Central Asian owner of the land that was leased to the factory's owner.
As of July 9, most of the Vietnamese had returned to work after their employer paid fines, except for 19 of them who remained detained, pending being returned to Vietnam, he said.
Those who were expelled would be supported by the embassy in completing necessary procedures to fly back to their home country, he added.
Truong said the Russian agencies' raid on the factory was part of their most recent efforts to cope with robbery, illegal immigration, and hate crimes that began on July 1.
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