Crime dynamics in Russia according to the European University in St. Petersburg

Analytical review ‘Dynamics of crime and victimization in Russia 2018-2021. Results of the second crime victimization survey’


Dmitry Serebrennikov, Kirill Titaev

Police and law enforcement activities

In 2021, the Institute for the Rule of Law (IRL) at the European University at Saint-Petersburg conducted the second Russian Crime Victimization Survey. The first such study was conducted in 2018. We present an analytical review on the comparison of two waves from employees of the IRL Dmitry Serebrennikov and Kirill Titaev: ‘The dynamics of crime and victimization in Russia 2018-2021. The results of the second crime victimization survey’.

The authors show that significant changes have taken place in the structure of Russian victimization in 2018-2021. If in 2018 the dominant type of incident that respondents described as a crime was theft, then in 2021 it was a variety of telephone or online scams. There is also a slight increase in some other mass crimes. A drop was recorded for two types of crimes thefts, as well as looting and robberies. The review begins with a methodical introduction. Three aspects of the study are presented below: crimes specifics and criminals’ portrait, crime victims’ characteristics, victims’ characteristics after a criminal incident. At the end of the work, the results of a methodological audit are presented. That allows to talk about the data validity.

The review could be found at the link. The research data is publicly available in a special database.

Post Scriptum.

Any research in the field of crime victimization of the population, as well as statistical calculations (including those based on official statistics) always require critical evaluation.

President of the Union of Criminalists and Criminologists

Igor Matskevich

Translated by Elizaveta Ovchinnikova

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