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Citizens of Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan lead in number of crimes on Sakhalin

The crime rate among foreign citizens in Sakhalin oblast in 2017 increased by 30.2 percent, the citizens of Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan account for the largest number of crimes. Interfax reported citing the head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the region Oleg Dolgiy.

«The process of replacing the indigenous population of the region with foreign citizens arriving to Sakhalin from the Central Asian republics has an increasing impact on the economic and social situation, the general crime situation. The greatest number of crimes were committed by citizens of Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan — over 120 (out of 180 crimes committed by foreigners),» Oleg Dolgiy said.

He noted that Sakhalin oblast is attractive for foreigners, which is confirmed by the growth in the number of registered migrants. At the same time, foreign citizens «try to gain a foothold in the region, obtaining a residence permit and Russian citizenship.» «But the migration flow is not always law-abiding foreign citizens,» stressed the head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

More than 65 percent of the crimes (murders, robberies, thefts, drug trafficking, etc.) committed by foreigners are registered in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, as most of the migrants live in the central city of the region.