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...at the shelter only held twelve beds (Skortsov, 1992: 33), and that they only accepted homeless persons with proof of previous Moscow residency (Stephenson, 2006: 155).
It is clear that a lack of documentation can have a profound affect on a persons livelihood, and can mean the difference between ‘settled’ and ‘unsettled’, ‘citizen’ and ‘non-citizen’, ‘with home’ or ‘homeless’. Moreover, with homeless persons now inside of the borders of mainstream life in Moscow, their visibility became substantiated. A physical border segregating homeless persons in Moscow to the outskirts of society behind the 101st kilometer fell, and new technologies of social exclusion were created that were detailed with even less permeable social borders. Now, homeless persons not only lack their very own place on the physical landscape, but their social topography is just as inexistent.
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