Source: Russian Federation Ministry of Internal Affairs in English
Today, an operative meeting was held at the MIA of Russia under the chairmanship of the Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation, Chief of the Investigation Department of the Russian MIA, Aleksandr Romanov, with the participation of the leadership of the Investigation Department of the MIA of Russia, chiefs of territorial bodies and preliminary investigation bodies in the system of the MIA of Russia, which discussed the results of the first half of 2018, as well as the state of investigative work in priority areas.
Among the positive results noted by the Deputy Minister was a decrease in the number of stopped and suspended criminal cases. The state of legality remained stable. The number of people who were unreasonably kept in custody decreased by almost a quarter.
Certain success was achieved in a number of priority areas of activity. The number of solved crimes with the use of computer and telecommunication technologies increased two and a half times, and of those committed by an organized group or criminal community – by one third. More criminal cases were completed in corruption and economic crimes, as well as in those committed in the defense-industrial complex, housing and communal services, and the financial and credit sphere.
The best results of investigative work in the reporting period were obtained by the preliminary investigation bodies of the MIA for the republics of Crimea, Mordovia, the MIA of Russia GA for the Sverdlovsk Region, the MIA of Russia administrations for the Kursk, Omsk, Orenburg and Tambov regions.
During the meeting, issues of the state of service discipline and legality, measures taken to strengthen departmental procedural control, and the results of work to investigate certain types of crimes were discussed.
Summarizing the results, the Deputy Minister of the Russian MIA has identified priority areas that need to be focused on in the coming half-year.
The most important task today is the improvement of the investigative work effectiveness. “In this connection, it is necessary to eliminate shortcomings in the organization of interaction between investigative, operational and forensic units,” said Aleksandr Romanov. – “Increased attention is required to issues of observance of legality at all the stages of the preliminary investigation: from initiating a criminal case to bringing charges and referring the case to the prosecutor”.
He also pointed out the need to intensify the work on reimbursement of damage caused by crimes, increase the effectiveness of pre-trial activities aimed at locating, seizing and returning the stolen property to the victims, expand the practice of locating and collecting assets located abroad, with the aim of imposing seizures to secure civil action and confiscation.
The Deputy Minister demanded for additional efforts to be made in organizing an effective investigation into the theft of budget funds allocated for the implementation of national development goals of the state, into crimes in the field of shared construction, fuel and energy complex, as well as those related to the legalization of criminally obtained money or other property. Particular attention should be paid to criminal cases of terrorist and extremist nature, connected with the illegal circulation of arms and drugs. The implementation of a set of measures to improve the disclosure and investigation of fraud, developed during a meeting of the board of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia in October last year shall continue.