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Crime rate doubles in Ukraine over past two years — lawmaker

February 26, 18:56 UTC+3 KIEV
Citing the data released by Prosecutor General’s Office, a member of Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada Rabinovich said 13,000 especially grave crimes had been committed in 2013, while in 2015 — 21,500
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KIEV, February 26. /TASS/. Unprofessional steps of the government and Interior Ministry have resulted in a rampage of crime Ukraine has not faced since turbulent 1990s, a member of Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada parliament said on Friday.

"Ukraine has been cast back into the criminal 1990s," said Vadim Rabinovich of the Opposition Bloc faction, chairman of the Rada subcommittee for human rights.

"The crime rate has doubled over the past two years and even the capital has turned into a city dangerous for life," he said.

Citing the data released by Prosecutor General’s Office, Rabinovich said 13,000 especially grave crimes had been committed in 2013, while in 2015 — 21,500.

"Over the given period, the number of murders has increased from 5,900 to 8,200," he said. "Besides, in the past two years, robberies are up from 17,000 to 22,000 and car thefts are on the rise as well from 3,800 to 6,900."

"The situation is quite common throughout the whole Ukraine," the lawmaker said.

On Friday morning, a well-known businessman, Yury Dement, has been shot dead in the highly-industrial city of Kharkov in the country’s east.

"A few days ago a mayor was killed in the Lugansk region," Rabinovich said.

"A rampage of crime, fear and panic stemming from lack of protection, a withdrawal of law enforcers into the sphere of ‘selfies’ and the dog and pony show instead of concrete measures are the results of the work of the government and the Interior Ministry," he said in conclusion.

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