More than 10,000 Russians killed in road accidents in past six months

While the rate of accidents and mortality on Russian roads has risen in 2012, the State Automobile Inspectorate sees a trend for stabilization.

"According to the official statistic, a total of 85,721 accidents were registered in the first six months, up 7.2 percent on the same period last year," the Russian Interior Ministry Main Directorate for Traffic Safety said on its website on Friday.

These road accidents claimed 10,781 lives (an increase by 4.2 percent), and left 109,646 people injured (an increase by 8.9 percent).

At the same time, in May and June the mortality rates fell by 4.2 percent and 1.5 percent, respectively, said Viktor Nilov, Russia's chief auto inspector.

"This shows that the there is a potential for stabilizing the situation," Nilov said.

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