Statistics, published by the Russia’s Prosecutor General’s Office over the past decade have confirmed the December conclusions of “ARC” experts on the steady increase in crime in the occupied territories [1]. It is noteworthy that according to the RF’s Prosecutor General’s Office before the occupation in the “Crimean Federal District” (and in fact in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol) in 2012 and 2013 crime was reduced by 18.5 % and 9.8 %, respectively.

After the beginning of the conflict in Ukraine, the general course of Russia’s disregard for international law and legality gave rise to a negative trend, within which crime in this country began to rise sharply in 2014. The dynamics of this process in 2015 for Russia amounted to a record 9 % increase in crime “in general”, including the occupied Crimea. At the same time in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea the growth rate was over 52 %, and Sevastopol “did not lag far behind” with an annual increase in crime of 45 %.

Can a dictatorship accept its inefficiency and its apparent unwillingness not only to respect human rights but also to combat common crime? Therefore, since 2016, the official statistics of Russia began to report about such “significant successes”, which allegedly broke the negative dynamics of the criminogenic situation. Naturally, the Russian prosecutor’s office, as part of such a propaganda campaign, noted the “extremely effective work” of “law enforcement agencies in the Crimea and Sevastopol”. Moreover, in the period of 2016–2018, despite loud statements about “successes” at the level of “all-Russian” indicators, the “official” crime rate in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea remained consistently high.

However, in 2020, for the first time in several years, “all-Russian indicators” “pleased” the RF’s Prosecutor General’s Office with a 1 % increase in crime, from 2044 thousands crimes to 2024 thousands. At the same time, in the occupied territories in 2020, crime rate’s growth was “officially” recognized in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea for 3.4 % (21682 crimes against 20979), and in Sevastopol – by 44% (6104 against 4238) [2]. The captured Crimea, a de facto “gray zone”, has thus become a hotbed of general criminal crime, to which hundreds of cases of political persecution are added in the aggressor’s “official statistics”.