Foreigners Committing More Crimes In Moscow

Crimes committed by foreigners are on the rise in Moscow, mostly involving drug trafficking and extortion, police said Wednesday.

Foreigners committed 516 crimes in the first four months of this year compared to 460 crimes during the same period in 1994, said Viktor Seroshtan, a Moscow police official.

Seroshtan blamed the increase on the ease of illegal entry into Russia from other former Soviet states. He said police also are concerned about the growing number of illegal aliens in Moscow - mainly Vietnamese, Chinese, and Mongolians.

Foreigners aren’t just committing crimes in Moscow - they also are victims.

So far this year, 300 crimes against foreigners have been reported in Moscow, including six murders. Among the victims were 122 Americans, 67 Finns, 33 Vietnamese, and 29 Germans, Seroshtan said.

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