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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Military Crime Rises

MOSCOW -- The Russian army's top prosecutor said Thursday that crime was rising in the ranks, costing the cash-strapped military millions of dollars and endangering national security.

"Economic crime in the armed forces and other military branches of the Russian Federation ... is endangering national security," Military Prosecutor Yury Dyomin said at a conference on fighting crime.

The number of officers found to be lining their pockets through theft and graft had jumped to 1,017 from 1993 to 1999, compared to 185 over an unspecified period up to 1993.

Bribery is rife in the army, with cases increasing by 82 percent over the six-year period to 1999, Dyomin said.