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A woman suspected of registering more than 500 illegal immigrants as residents of her one-bedroom apartment has been seized by police in St Petersburg, Russia.

Prosecutors say the 27-year-old unemployed woman listed hundreds of foreigners as residents at the apartment in just six months, which would have made illegal immigrants legal under local laws.

A police spokesman said: "A 27-year-old unemployed local woman was detained for registering more than 500 foreign citizens between January and April 2011, and September and October 2012, thus ‘legalising’ their illegal stay in Russia."

Police have released the woman on bail pending further inquiries into the immigration scam.

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