The number of grave and especially grave crimes related to harm to health, committed annually in St. Petersburg, has significantly decreased over the past 10 years. Marina Parastayeva, First Deputy Head of the Main Investigation Department of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation in St. Petersburg, spoke about this on Tuesday, July 27.
“We can say that over the past 10 years the criminogenic situation on the territory of St. Petersburg for the commission of grave and especially grave crimes under investigation by the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation has significantly improved. If back in 2011, 312 murders were registered in St. Petersburg, then in 2016 there were already 212, and in 2020 – 149, which is comparable to the situation of the “prosperous” 80s, “she said in an interview with TASS…
According to Parastayeva, since 2011, the number of crimes related to the infliction of grievous bodily harm, resulting in death, has halved. So, the figure fell from 141 crimes to 63 last year. She clarified that due to effective work on the investigation of crimes, as well as due to preventive measures, such indicators were achieved.
At the same time, the Deputy Head of the Main Investigation Department of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation in St. Petersburg noted that in 2020, almost 23 thousand “grave and especially grave crimes were registered in the city, which is 37% more than in 2019.”
“It should be noted that the lion’s share of these crimes are so-called cybercrimes that are under the jurisdiction of the police,” Parastayeva clarified.
However, according to her, such an increase in the number of cybercrimes is not associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It would be more correct to talk about the penetration of the Internet and computer technologies into all spheres of life, their spread, which inevitably leads to the fact that more and more crimes are committed with the use of these technologies,” said the agency’s interlocutor.
Moreover, as noted by Parastayeva, criminals use the most advanced technical developments, and security measures often do not keep up with them.
Earlier, on July 23, Deputy Chairman of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation, Lieutenant General of Justice Alexander Klaus, said that murders with dismemberment of victims’ bodies were not typical for St. Petersburg. He stressed that not a single murder involving dismemberment has been recorded this year.