Terrorist crime rate down in North Caucasus in 2012 - deputy prosecutor general

The rate of terrorist acts and attacks on law enforcement officers and servicemen reduced a bit in 2012, Russian Deputy Prosecutor General Ivan Sydoruk said in an interview published by the newspaper Kommersant on Friday.

"Judging by statistical reports, the terrorist crime rate actually reduced a bit last year. In all, 517 terrorist crimes were committed in 11 months," Sydoruk said.

The number of attacks on law enforcement officers and servicemen has also reduced slightly, he said.

The deputy prosecutor general explained the improvement with more energetic and purposeful work of law enforcement agencies.

"The republics are actively adopting the positive practice of Chechnya, which has been prosecuting accomplices of terrorists. Such people are not just exposed, they go to jail," Sydoruk said.

He recalled successful operations against militants held in Dagestan, Ingushetia, Chechnya and Kabardino-Balkaria last year.

"The rate of exposed bribes grew by 15 percent, while the rate of exposed crimes of organized criminal groups increased by 37 percent," he said.

Slightly more than ten cases of financing of militants were uncovered last year, Sydoruk said.

"We know that this is just the top of the iceberg," he added.

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