Translation: Police – Foreigners Commit 47% of Crimes in Moscow

As Russia develops a Migration Code to deal with recent influxes, one police official testifies that 47% of crimes in Moscow are committed by foreigners.

Interior Ministry: 47% of Crimes in Moscow are Committed by Foreigners

47% of crimes in Moscow are carried out by foreigners, according to the latest statistics. This was announced by at a meeting of a Duma working group by the deputy chief of police – the head of public order of the Main Directorate of Internal Affairs in Moscow, Vyacheslav Kozlov.

In his words, 5% of crimes are committed by migrants from the Far Abroad, while the other 42% are committed by those from the Near Abroad. These figures also don’t take into account internal migration.

Kozlov likewise noted that Muscovites themselves commit very few crimes.

“If not for crimes committed by newcomers, Moscow would be the quietest and most peaceful city,” he said at a meeting of a Duma working group on the Migration Code.

He also noted that some 120,000 people gathered at the Moscow Cathedral Mosque to celebrate the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha.

“I heard so many drivers complaining and cursing us for the blockage of traffic during the festivities,” he added.

As our correspondent noted, this is the first meeting of the working group on this issue. The director of the Federal Migration Service Konstantin Romodanovsky, the chairman of the Committee on Constitutional Legislation and State Building Vladimir Pligin, and representatives of the research institutes of the Interior Ministry and other research organizations are taking part in the development of the Migration Code.

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