Neither the site nor any other Russian official has announced the closure, Nazaccent says; but it has earned that the portal is being shuttered and will resurface if it all as part of the United Humanities Publishing House, yet another indication of both budgetary stringencies and changing political priorities in Moscow.
Elena Davydova, the chief editor of the site, refused to answer questions and referred Nazaccent to her bosses at Russia Today. She did say that the latter will “in the near future” announce what they plan to do, if anything.
The shuttering of this portal will only add to the difficulties migrant workers face in getting information in their own languages about how to navigate Russian life. Some of them may turn to less reliable sources or even decide to return to their own country rather than gain permanent resident status or even citizenship in Russia.