06MOSCOW6307, MFA ON PROCESSING OF NORTH KOREANS IN RUSSIA

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Reference ID Created Released Classification Origin
06MOSCOW6307 2006-06-13 10:23 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Moscow

VZCZCXYZ0002
RR RUEHWEB

DE RUEHMO #6307 1641023
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
R 131023Z JUN 06
FM AMEMBASSY MOSCOW
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 7531
INFO RUEHBJ/AMEMBASSY BEIJING 4057
RUEHUL/AMEMBASSY SEOUL 2597
RUEHUM/AMEMBASSY ULAANBAATAR 0213
RUEHBK/AMEMBASSY BANGKOK 0682
RUEHGV/USMISSION GENEVA 4858

C O N F I D E N T I A L MOSCOW 006307 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 06/13/2016 
TAGS: PREF KN KS RS
SUBJECT: MFA ON PROCESSING OF NORTH KOREANS IN RUSSIA 
 
REF: STATE 93689 
 
Classified By: Political-Minister Counselor Kirk Augustine. 
Reasons 1.4 (b and d). 
 
1.  (C) Deputy Political Minister-Counselor delivered reftel 
points to Mikhail Lebedev, Acting Director of the MFA 
Department of Humanitarian Cooperation and Human Rights, on 
June 13.  Lebedev said the GOR would have to consider the 
U.S. request before responding officially. 
 
2.  (C) Lebedev said that thus far, North Korean asylum 
seekers in Russia have gone only to South Korea, and the 
number of cases annually has been very few.  Asked how many 
North Koreans might be in Russia, Lebedev said there were no 
precise statistics, but there could be as many as 10,000. 
Almost all of them were working in timber processing as part 
of a special labor migration agreement with the DPRK, and 
very few had any problems.  Lebedev asked for a copy of the 
North Korean Human Rights Act (which post will provide to 
him) and suggested that if the GOR agreed to permit U.S. 
processing of any cases, it would be through an informal 
understanding, not any formal arrangement. 
BURNS

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