North Koreans in Russia Work ‘Basically in the Situation of Slaves’ According to this story, many of the North Korean people are sent to & received by Russia, China and the Middle East to work. I had thought that NK had closed boarders and no one allowed out, but apparently they are. To give wages earned to Kim to support the country & his dynasty. What bothers me about this story is the exchange between the different countries as a form of friendly partnership that are all not so friendly with the US. Didn't the UN sanction NK? Or is it just the US?