Crime in Russia at lowest levels in 5 years

There has been a noticeable drop in murders, and compared to 2015 the number of people killed in 2016 decreased by 12.7 percent.

There has been a noticeable drop in murders, and compared to 2015 the number of people killed in 2016 decreased by 12.7 percent.

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General Prosecutor says milder laws are a key factor.

The General Prosecutor’s Office reported a significant reduction in the number of crimes in Russia over the past five years, RIA Novosti reported (in Russian).

“In 2016, we recorded a 9.6 percent decrease in crime, from a total of 2,388,476 [in 2015] to 2,160,063 [in 2016]; this is the most significant decrease in the past five years,” said Aleksandr Kurennoj, head of the GP’s department of supervision.

There has been a noticeable drop in murders, and compared to 2015 the number of people killed in 2016 decreased by 12.7 percent.

Looking at the results in 2015 compared to 2014, registered crimes increased by 9 percent. This, however, was an aberration among the general trend of the past five years.

“If we assess the dynamics of crime in the last five years, except for 2015, then in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 we see that crime decreased yearly by 4.5 percent,” said Kurennoj.

The Prosecutor’s office said the significant drop in the number of crimes in 2016 can partly be explained by the introduction of a federal law that decriminalizes certain offenses, including first offence of a crime of minor or moderate severity.

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