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Crime in Russia - statistics & facts

After the 1990s, a period characterized by the widespread activity of criminal organizations, the level of crime in Russia significantly declined in the early 2000s. This explained a continuous decrease in the homicide rate since the start of the millennium. Between 2000 and 2019, the number of recorded murder offenses and attempted murders fell by approximately 75 percent. Another indicator of the improvement of the situation was a steady prison population decrease. Over the past decade, the incarceration rate went down by 233 prisoners per 100 thousand inhabitants.

What are the most common types of crimes in Russia?

Economic crimes like theft and fraud are the most common categories of crime in the country. Modern types of such offenses are committed through unauthorized bank card transactions via the internet and mobile devices. Furthermore, corruption represents one of the major problems in the society, and in 2020, 57 percent of the population worried about it. That figure was one of the highest worldwide, while the global average was measured at 30 percent. Nevertheless, the number of registered bribery cases decreased nearly twofold in Russia since 2015. This might be explained by the anti-corruption program run by the state, as the government began to publish a national anti-corruption plan every two years since 2008.

Domestic violence in Russia

In today's Russia, homicides, crimes causing intentional serious harm to health, and rape combined account for under two percent of total registered offenses. Civil society groups pay special attention to the problem of gender-based violence, as domestic abuse and sexual harassment are found to be among the main issues faced by women and girls in Russia. In 2016 and the beginning of 2017, the country decriminalized some forms of family violence, which led to a significant decline in the number of such offenses in the official statistics. Most victims of crimes committed against family members in Russia are female spouses. Another area of concern is crime against juveniles, as nearly five thousand criminal acts of a sexual nature against children under 16 years old were recorded in 2019.

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