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 Significant crime surge expected in upcoming year, - Interior Minister Avakov

The minister is certain that releasing recidivists under 'Savchenko law' (stipulating for counting one day in a pre-trial detention as two days of jail term) will lead to grave consequences.

The Ukrainian law enforcement agencies will face a serious challenge in the upcoming year and a half as the crime rate is expected to surge due to 'Savchenko law' applied to jailed convicts. This was announced by Interior Minister Arsen Avakov during a ministry meeting aired by 112 Ukraine TV channel, Censor.NET reports.

"The ['Savchenko'] law has no retroaction, so in the upcoming year and a half we'll see a serious [crime] surge and a challenge caused by the fact that recidivists are being released and end up in the environment that is 'productive' for them," Avakov said.

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Earlier, it was reported about 8,500 people released from jails under the 'Savchenko' law. More than 900 of them (about 11 percent) have been caught conducting repeated crimes.
 
 
 
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