Number of especially serious crimes registered in Moscow surges - Moscow prosecutor

The number of especially serious crimes more than tripled in Moscow since the beginning of 2013 and doubled in central Moscow, Moscow Prosecutor Sergei Kudeneyev said.

The number of especially serious crimes more than tripled in Moscow since the beginning of 2013 and doubled in central Moscow, Moscow Prosecutor Sergei Kudeneyev said.

"The criminal situation in the city is characterized with the increase of registered crimes up to 88,000 cases and a 35 percent rise of especially serious crimes, especially in [Moscow's] Central Administrative District - 50 percent," Kudeneyev said at a meeting on the results of January-June 2013.

The number of rape cases registered in Moscow increased 23 percent and of fraud - 16 percent, Kudeneyev said.

"The number of drug-related crimes, extortions and crimes related to making and distributing counterfeit money grew," Kudeneyev said.

At the same time, intentional infliction of serious health damage dropped in Moscow by 11 percent since the beginning of 2013, there were fewer murders, acts of hooliganism and thefts, which, according to the information of the prosecutor's office, account for a half of all crimes registered, Kudeneyev said.

"The crimes involving firearms went down by 16 percent, fewer people died as a result of criminal actions (545 people versus 585 in January-June 2012)," he said.

As to drug-related crimes, they rose by 13 percent since January 2013, the official said. "The number of crimes committed under the influence of drugs surged 50 percent and over of half were serious or especially serious ones," the prosecutor said.

"Considerable share of drug-related crimes is committed by citizens of other cities," Kudeneyev said. "Tajik citizens still remain the most active participants of illegal drug trafficking," he said.

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