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Almost Half of Crimes in 2010 Unresolved - Medvedev

Suspect With Coat Over Head Ushered to VanMOSCOW. March 22 (Interfax) - The number of organized crimes that have been solved has dropped by almost a third, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said at a meeting at the Interior Ministry in Moscow on Tuesday.

"Virtually half of all registered crimes, according to the statistic which is publicly available, remain unresolved, i.e. 45.4%. The number of resolved crimes committed by organized groups and communities dropped by almost one-third on 2009. The number of extremist crimes has risen by 20%," Medvedev said.

The roots of it are hidden not just within the police and other law enforcement agencies, "there are objective economic, social reasons for that," too, he said.

"Nevertheless, the statistic itself is very alarming," the president said.

There is a need to increase cooperation between the Interior Ministry and security forces in foiling terror plots, he said.

"This is the only way to avoid colossal losses that we are incurring. Particular focus should be on the effort to stop the stealing of explosive substances and explosive devices. Providing public order in the North Caucasus region and collaboration with the FSB (Federal Security Service) in countering terrorists remain quite a challenging task," Medvedev said.

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