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Russia Starts Profiling Chinese in the Fear of Coronavirus

Associated Press reported that Russia has given orders to profile Chinese for coronavirus.

“Moscow officials ordered police raids on hotels, dormitories, apartment buildings and businesses to track down the shrinking number of Chinese people remaining in the city. They also authorized the use of facial recognition technology to find those suspected of evading a 14-day self-quarantine period upon their arrival in Russia.”

“A leaked email that the media reports said that the state-owned transportation company Mosgortrans” sent out “instructed drivers to call a dispatcher if Chinese nationals boarded their buses” and “told the dispatchers who took such calls to notify the police. The email, which the company immediately described on Twitter as fake, carried a one-word subject line: coronavirus.”

“The effort to identify Chinese citizens on public transportation applies not only to buses, but also to underground trains and street trams in Moscow, Russian media reported Wednesday.”

Source: Associated Press, February 22, 2020[2