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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Military Crimes Rise




MOSCOW -- Crime and suicide continue to rise in the demoralized Russian military with a growing number of officers taking their own lives because of late pay and poverty, Interfax reported Tuesday.


Citing Defense Ministry statistics, the report said some 10,500 crimes and incidents had been recorded in the armed forces during the first 11 months of 1998, compared to about 10,000 in all of 1997.


Overall, however, the number of deaths in the military has declined, the report said.


Some 500 servicemen were killed or died on active service compared to 600 deaths last year. More than 800 servicemen were killed or died in off-duty situations compared to about 1,000 such deaths in 1997, the report, without adding any further details.