North Korean labor in Russia

 A North Korean worker walks through the building site.

A North Korean worker walks through the building site.

In a report published Tuesday, there are an estimated 50,000 North Korean workers in Russia, living clandestinely on construction sites as "slave-like labor" to send meager funds home to their families. 

The US State Department has focused on this ex-patriate community in their most recent sanctions in an effort to reduce economic support for Kim Jong Un and the totalitarian state's nuclear program. 

However, with Russian diplomats weighing in on the effectiveness of sanctions and toeing the line between international condemnation and acting as the "crucial lifeline" to North Korea, the workers in Russia will continue building for now. 

Read more here: http://www.cnn.com/2018/01/15/europe/russia-north-korea-labor-intl/index.html