Summing-up the activities of MIA of Russia preliminary investigation bodies

Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs of Russia - Chief of the MIA Investigation Department Lieutenant-General of Justice A.V. Romanov summed up the work of the preliminary investigation bodies for 2018. The meeting was attended by representatives of the Prosecutor General’s Office of the Russian Federation, law enforcement agencies and chiefs of structural units of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia.

In his report, Aleksandr Romanov noted that in 2018 the activities of the preliminary investigation bodies were carried out against the background of a decrease in the crime rate. At the same time, over 1 million 120 thousand criminal cases were investigated and more than 300 thousand cases were sent to court.

Over the past period, work on a number of priority activities has been significantly intensified: the number of investigated crimes involving the use of computer and telecommunication technologies has more than doubled, the number of investigated facts of organized criminal activity increased by a quarter, the percentage of completed criminal cases of crimes of corruption, economic, and extremist nature increased.

The Deputy Minister noted the high organizational level of work in the area of combating crime in the defense industry, carried out in close cooperation with the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation, the FSB of Russia, the MIA of Russia GA for ES&CC which increased the number of investigated criminal cases.

Special attention was paid to increasing the effectiveness of investigating certain types of fraud and strengthening measures aimed at countering its various forms. As a result, the number of criminal cases of fraud sent to court by investigators of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia exceeded 16,000.

In 2018, there was continued the work on investigating crimes in the financial and credit sphere, which represent a serious threat to the economic security of the state. With the active participation of the Investigation Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia, a Federal Law was adopted that authorized the Bank of Russia and the “DIA” State Corporation to submit information constituting banking secret when applying to the investigating authorities for initiation of a criminal case. These innovations will contribute to the operative identification of crimes in the financial and credit sphere, and will improve the efficiency of work to compensate for the damage caused by them.

Touching on the issues of compensation for the damage caused by crimes, Aleksandr Romanov noted that this work was the most important criterion for estimating the investigation effectiveness in terms of protecting the rights and legitimate interests of the victims.

The Deputy Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation Viktor Grin took part in the discussion of the organizational issues of the criminal cases investigation and of the quality of the preliminary investigation.

In conclusion, the Deputy Minister noted that in the coming months it would be necessary to make significant efforts for fulfilling a number of priority tasks, first of all, to increase the effectiveness of countering the crimes committed in the banking and other sectors of the economy, in the sphere of shared construction, using information and communication technologies, it is necessary to continue the work on the protection of budget funds allocated for the defense industry, there should be given increased attention to the organization of interdepartmental cooperation and collaboration of sub-units of internal affairs bodies.

Alexander Romanov also pointed out the need for close attention to issues of moral, psychological and personnel support of the preliminary investigation bodies for the purpose of strengthening the service discipline and the rule of law: “Increase in the staffing level of the investigative units, creation of conditions and motivation for keeping the staff in the service, first of all experienced investigators and district chiefs, is one of the priorities of the upcoming period”.

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