Russian president admits security situation in North Caucasus yet to be improved

15:09, November 20, 2010      

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Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said on Friday that the work of Russia's law enforcement agencies to tackle crime in the North Caucasus federal district is yet to be significantly improved.

Speaking to Interior Ministry officials during a meeting in the North Caucasian resort town of Yessentuki, Medvedev said, "Statistics of crime solvency is false. I don't trust it."

"The operative situation in the district is rather complicated. We need to admit that it has barely improved," Medvedev was quoted as saying by the Interfax news agency.

He said that in Russia as a whole, the number of killings fell 13 percent so far this year, but that in Northern Caucasus the number rose 5 percent.

He said that the number of shootings, bombings and murders of civilians, local leaders and police officers in North Caucasus has not been declining.

The president recalled that in 2010 in North Caucasus, 60 counter-terrorist operations have taken place and 4,500 armed clashes had happened.

A total of 332 armed group members have been killed in North Caucasus since the start of this year, Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) chief Alexander Bortnikov said.

Violence is common in the mainly Muslim North Caucasus republics of Chechnya, Dagestan and Ingushetia with militants frequently assaulting police officers and authorities.

Moscow has vowed to bring stability to the region via improving social services, raising pensions and salaries as a measure to tackle corruption and terrorism infiltration.

Source: Xinhua


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