The Russian truck manufacturer employs prisoners

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Russian heavy vehicle manufacturer Kamaz is considering hiring prisoners due to labor shortages. The firm is facing a shortage of 4,000 employees at its production points in Naberezhnye Chelny, a city east of Moscow.

Restrictions related to the pandemic have forced many migrant workers to leave Russia, forcing authorities and private companies to think of ways to fill the labor shortages.

The Federal Penitentiary Service earlier this year proposed a plan to use convicts to fill the workforce, insisting the new system would not resemble the wider Soviet-era GULAG labor camp system.

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