Over 600 criminal cases of organizing illegal migration launched in Moscow in 2013 - Interior Minister

This year 650 criminal cases of organizing illegal migration have been launched in Moscow, Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev said in an interview with a Sunday program of Channel 1.

This year 650 criminal cases of organizing illegal migration have been launched in Moscow, Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev said in an interview with a Sunday program of Channel 1.

"While last year only several dozen cases of organizing illegal migration were launched, this year there are already 650 of them," he said.

He said that the officers who are discovered to be involved in such cases "should be duly punished."

"We don't intend to conceal such facts, and there are many of them. This work was and remains the focal point of our attention," he said.

The minister said that he will not rely only on the internal security service. "Our main task is to create an atmosphere of intolerance on the part of our officers toward any negative manifestations," he said.

He said, however, that sometimes it is difficult for the police to promptly respond to signals from the public.

"While in Soviet times a district policeman was in charge of a territory with a population of several hundred people, today there are 5,000 to 7,000 people per district policeman in the Southern Administrative District [of Moscow] that has 368 district policemen for a population of 2 million," Kolokoltsev said.

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