24 Dec 2018 13:51

Russian Prosecutor General's Office reports decline in general crime rate, rise in economic offenses in 2018

MOSCOW. Dec 24 (Interfax) - The general crime rate in Russia dipped by almost 80,000 in January-November 2018, the Russian Prosecutor General's Office said on Monday.

"A total of 1,841,284 crimes were registered within 11 months. This is almost 80,000 [crimes] less than in the relevant period of last year," agency spokesperson Tatyana Zakharova said on the video channel Efir.

The crime rate has reduced in all federal districts but the North Caucasus, where the crime rate has grown 0.7%, Zakharova said.

At the same time, the rate of economic crimes grew 4.7% year-on-year to 107,267, she said.

The rate of frauds reduced 3.7% to 197,000, Zakharova said.