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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Ustinov Reports on Juvenile Crime

Russia's programs aimed at stemming juvenile crime and vagrancy are yielding no results, Prosecutor General Vladimir Ustinov said Wednesday in a report to the State Duma.

The number of homeless, abandoned or severely neglected children and orphans is estimated at 2 million to 3 million, Ustinov said. Russia overall has 32.9 million children under 18.

Ustinov expressed particular alarm at the large numbers of children linked to crime. A total of 1.1 million adolescents and teenagers were detained by police last year, he said. Of those, 295,000 were not in school or working and 45,000 were illiterate, he said.

Teenagers committed 185,000 serious crimes last year, including 1,600 murders, Ustinov said. That meant that a staggering 10 percent of serious crimes are committed by teenagers. He did not indicate whether the figures included those over 18.

Nearly 100,000 children fell victim to crimes last year, he said.

Multiple programs for combating juvenile crime and child neglect are yielding no effect so far, he said. "Either programs are bad or officials are good for nothing," Ustinov said.