October 15, 2019 13:18
Abkhazia, a Russian vassal state on the Black Sea coast, is being used as "a convenient place to sidestep" UN sanctions that ban the hiring of North Korean slave laborers, the Washington Post reported Sunday.
Abkhazia is nominally an autonomous republic within Georgia. It declared independence after the 2008 war between Russia and Georgia but has not been recognized by the international community as a sovereign state, nor has it joined the UN.
It is therefore not bound by UN sanctions.
"Around 400 North Koreans... have been relocated to this subtropical strip of land," the daily said, They are "sending home $500 million each year in remittance, according to U.S. estimates. But it is Moscow's way of keeping a lifeline open for Pyongyang."
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