Every Sunday a group of Central Asian men gather to play volleyball in a school stadium located not far from the Kantemirovskaya metro station in Moscow. For participants, the weekly competition offers a welcome respite from the usual rigors faced by labor migrants in the Russian capital.
Most of the players these days come from Kyrgyzstan. But in previous years, according to Syrgak, a native of the Osh Region who has been working in Russia for nine years, Uzbeks, Tajiks and Russians used to show up. “We haven’t seen the others for a long time. This year it’s only us,” he said.
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Konstantin Salomatin is a freelance photojournalist based in Moscow.