Gun crimes have risen sharply in Russia – DW – 11/23/2022

The number of crimes committed with the use of weapons, ammunition, explosives, explosives or imitation devices in the regions of the Russian Federation bordering Ukraine has increased significantly over the year. The largest growth was recorded in the Kursk and Belgorod regions – with 675 and 213 percent respectively, writes RBC with reference to the statistics of the Ministry of the Interior on Wednesday, November 23.

In addition to the border regions, the number of such crimes doubled in Moscow and one and a half – in the Pskov region. In the country as a whole, the number of crimes involving the use of guns has risen nearly 30 percent for ten months of this year from the same period last year – to 5,000 cases.

The number of crimes committed with the use of explosives and explosives (283) has reached its highest level in the past six years. At the same time, RBC writes, the number of detected crimes related to illegal arms trade has decreased by 7.3 percent compared to last year (19.2 thousand cases).

In the Russian Federation, the number of serious crimes committed by organized crime groups has increased

In general, after the results of 10 months of this year, the country recorded 1.7 percent fewer crimes (1677.1 thousand) than in the same period last year. An increase in registered crimes was recorded in 29 constituent entities of the Russian Federation, a decrease in 56 regions.

The number of serious and especially serious crimes committed by organized groups or criminal communities has increased significantly – by 21.5 percent (23.5 thousand). The number of extremist crimes also increased by 36 percent to 1,247.

During ten months, 440 crimes related to incitement to extremist activities (Article 280 of the Penal Code) were registered, which is 5 percent more than in the same period last year.

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By Peter Kavinsky

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