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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Juveniles Commit One in 9 Crimes

Juveniles commit one in every nine crimes in Russia, the Interior Ministry said in a statement released on Wednesday, International Children's Day.

In the first five months of this year, people under 18 years of age committed 50,000 crimes, the ministry said. Of those crimes, 37,000 were committed by schoolchildren and college students, it said. The ministry blamed the rest on homeless and runaway children, saying the police detain about 600,000 of them every year and return them to their families or place them in children's homes.

"Today, the degree of danger to the public that comes from parents failing in their duty to raise their children is clearly underestimated," Interior Minister Rashid Nurgaliyev said at a meeting of senior ministry officials.

Nurgaliyev also said that there were more than 700,000 orphans in Russia, and that about 2 million teenagers were illiterate.