National Geographic : 2008 Jun
COLD WELCOME: Despite a growing need for workers, Russia is tightening its strictures on immigration. In the regional capital of Khanty-Mansiysk, federal officers inspect laborers' documents (top). Illegal workers face arrest (above), fines, and deportation. Employers can also be penalized as much as $30,000 for each worker. But lured by the prospect of lucrative jobs in a flourishing economy, guest work ers from poor ex-Soviet republics continue to pour into Siberia.