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Federal immigration service conducts two raids that we photographed. The early morning raid (photos of people waking up thru processing in cramped office) was run by Mikhail and was primarily Uzbeks in Russia illegally.  The second raid was at a construction site and those folks were Uzbeks and Tajiks.  Most immigrants come to work in construction and other menial jobs and the financial crisis has taken many of the construction jobs away leaving migrants destitute in MANY of the cities I've been working in...1,800,000 were born in Russia in 2009 which is 27,000 more than the deaths that year.  So Russia is basically at the replacement rate, but there are not as many breeders in the lineup moving forward... so the state has instituted a number of policies including free housing for immigrants and a one time payment of over $10,000 for a woman to have either the 2nd, 3rd or 4th baby.