Investigative Committee Chairman holds meeting with heads of Central Federal District investigative authorities

Chairman of the Investigative Committee Alexander Bastrykin has held today a meeting of heads of Central Federal District investigative authorities.

The meeting was attended by Vice-Chairman of the Investigative Committee Ilya Lazutov, officials of the central office, heads of Investigative Committee’s offices for Belgorod, Bryansk, Vladimir, Voronezh, Ivanovo, Kaluga, Kostroma, Kursk, Lipetsk, Oryol, Ryazan, Smolensk, Tambov, Tver, Tula, Yaroslavl Regions and acting head of the Moscow Interregional Transport Office.

They discussed the state of investigative work done in the said regions.

Opening the meeting, Mr. Bastrykin made a brief analysis of a crime situation and pointed out that “almost 194 thousand crimes were registered in Central Federal District in 5 months of 2017, which is 16% lower than during the same period last year (a single exception is Kaluga Region which is now seeing an 8.6% rise in crimes). This compares to the general decline in the number of crimes in Russia (14%). But we should not rest idle, because the general number of major crimes in the number of registered ones, most of which are under jurisdiction of the Investigative Committee, is still higher than the average rate across Russia (22.6%) and is almost 25% (5 months in 2016 – 23.9%). The largest number of major crimes in the Federal District is registered in Ryazan Region (30.8%), and in Tula Region (28.3%).” This is why the Chairman drew attention to the necessity of preventive efforts.

Mr. Bastrykin hear reports made by heads of regional investigative authorities and instructed them to:

-          Intensify work on unsolved crimes, including those committed years ago, and to take additional steps to identify those guilty of them;

-          React quickly to each tip on illegal dealing in fake alcohol:

-          Intensify work on sticking to the term of investigation. Special attention should be paid to timely ordering and execution of forensic inquiries, correct organization of investigative operations;

-          Work out additional measures regarding inevitability of property accountability of corrupt officials. To take active steps to search for and arrest their property to ensure that the damage done by their crimes is compensated for.

Concluding his speech and addressing his subordinates, Mr. Bastrykin reminded that “our main task is implementing principles of unavoidability of punishment for crimes and equality of everybody before the law. These are the principles that are key factors that along with socioeconomic situation affect the consciousness of citizens and determine their attitude to observance of the law. This is why how much protected people of Russia feel and how much they are secure about themselves and their children depends on our work as well. As heads of investigative authorities you should show your subordinates, that it is not only the power of law that allows us to efficiently fight crimes, but it is also our officers knowing that what they do is the right thing to do and that their moral compass is not mislaid.”

Official spokesperson for the RF Investigative Committee                                                                     Svetlana Petrenko