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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Moscow's Crime Rate Soars 41%

The Moscow city prosecutor's office has recorded a 41 percent increase in crime last year, the Moskovsky Komsomolets daily reported Wednesday.

Law enforcement officials registered 109,506 crimes in 2000, said the report, with the most significant rise in the incidence of auto theft, robbery, burglary and bribery.

Cases of car theft shot up 55.8 percent to 5,179; robberies jumped 53.8 percent to 4,869 registered cases; the number of apartment burglaries rose 44.2 percent to 7,806; and instances of bribery were up 45.9 percent to total 722 cases.

Police also processed more cases last year of arson, street attacks and fraud — which rose 21.4 percent to 4,971.

The report said that officials did note, however, a slight drop in the incidence of rape (from 185 cases in 1999 to 179 last year), kidnapping (138 to 106), extortion (332 to 322), and weapons theft (48 to 37).

The number of premeditated murders also dropped (1,206 to 1,129) — including contract killings, the number of which dropped from 29 to 22.

Last year's success rate for solving crimes was 65.7 percent, the report said.