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BIROBIDZHAN, October 8 (Itar-Tass) — Russian Interior Minister Rashid Nurgaliev demanded that the leadership of the department of the Interior Ministry for the Jewish Autonomous Region explain a high rise in murders in the region and normalise the situation.
According to the minister, the region registered 8.5 percent less crimes over the past eight months (as against the corresponding period last year), and the number of grave and especially grave crimes dropped by 12 percent.
“However, the number of murders considerably increased in the region from the start of the year – by 44 percent. The region placed third in the Russian Federation in the rates of growth in murders,” Nurgaliev said at a meeting with the staff members of the department.
Besides, the minister continued, there is a great rise of crimes made by repeaters – by 30.6 percent. An increase is registered in the number of wrongdoings, committed in the state alcohol intoxication and drug addiction. Drug addition – 6.3 times.
“I’d like to point to a decline by 4.6 percent in crimes, committed by minors. However, their share remains very high. You are in the third place in the country,” the minister stressed.
He also pointed to a troublesome situation on highways: the greatest number of road accidents in the region per 10,000 registered motor vehicles. The number of road accidents has risen by 24 percent over the eight months, including 8.3 percent through the guilt of drunk drivers.
“Serious conclusions should be drawn, and the situation should be rectified: What is the reason for a rise in murders and crimes, committed in the state of drug addiction? Replies to this question should be given by the end of this year,” Nurgaliev told the leadership of the department.