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Country vs country: Russia and United States compared: Crime stats

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Author: Edsel.G

Russia, according to the United Nations report released last 2011, Russia ranks among the world’s highest in terms of homicide rate at approximately 11.2 deaths per 100 thousand individuals in the country. Although the statistical data is pretty alarming at an initial glance, the country has actually experienced significant decline in the number of homicide crimes. In 2002, Russian authorities recorded some 44 thousand murders and assault-related crimes, and nearly a quarter of these were committed by individuals under the influence of alcohol.

For several decades, Russia and the US were almost on par in terms of violent crimes. However, strict and widespread imposition of tough criminal laws, empowered by an efficient and well-funded law enforcement agencies and criminal courts, have all led to the dramatic decline in violent crimes. As of 2012, an average of 4.7 murders per 100 thousand was recorded.

With regards to other crimes, it is difficult to gauge which between Russia and the US has more crimes. It is obvious, however, that Russia is dealing with more types of violent and non-violent criminal offenses. Among the most widespread and most infamous of crimes committed in the largest nation in the world by land area include drug trafficking, money laundering, corruption in many levels of the government, extortion, human trafficking, arms trafficking, poaching, assassins for hire, and fraud. These crimes are still widespread in the country, and they are committed by highly organized criminal groups.

On the other hand, crimes in the US include assault, burglary, theft, child abuse, harassment, rape, etc. Ironically, in the US, more than [50% of all crimes] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RaceandcrimeintheUnitedStates), violent and non-violent, were committed by whites, around 30% were committed by African Americans, and the rest by other ethnicities.

Definitions

  • Age of criminal responsibility: The age at which a person is no longer excluded from criminal liability.  The lowest age is indicated for countries where there isn’t a single age limit, for example where different states have different regulations (such as the USA) or there is different limits for boy and girls (such as in Iran). The spectrum is specifically wide for the USA and Mexico (both 6-12 years). Several US states do not stipulate any minimal age for criminal responsibility at all. For further qualifications, exceptions and other notes, please refer to notes.
  • Crime levels: Level of crime. Based on 0-50 contributions for Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria and 82 more countries and 50-100 contributions for Argentina, Belgium, Bulgaria and 24 more countries and over 100 contributions for Australia, Brazil, Canada and 17 more countries. The surveys were conducted by numbeo.com from July, 2011 to February, 2014. See this sample survey for the United States, respondents were asked "How serious you feel the level of crime is?". The higher the value, the more survey respondents believe it is high in their country.
  • Drugs > Annual cannabis use: Estimate of percentage of 15-64 year old population who use Cannabis.
  • Drugs > Opiates use: Annual prevalence.
  • Fear of crime > Violent hate crime: Worries being subject to a physical attack because of your skin colour, ethnic origin or religion. Based on 0-50 contributions for Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria and 82 more countries and 50-100 contributions for Argentina, Belgium, Bulgaria and 24 more countries and over 100 contributions for Australia, Brazil, Canada and 17 more countries. The surveys were conducted by numbeo.com from July, 2011 to February, 2014. See this sample survey for the United States, respondents were asked "(How worried are you about)......being subject to a physical attack because of your skin colour, ethnic origin or religion?". The higher the value, the more survey respondents believe it is high in their country.
  • Justice system > Punishment > Capital punishment (last execution year): Year of last use.
  • Murder rate: Homicide rate per year per 100,000 inhabitants in various countries.
  • Rape rate: Number of rape incidents per 100,000 citizens in different countries. Figures do not take into account rape incidents that go unreported to the police.
  • Total crimes: Note: Crime statistics are often better indicators of prevalence of law enforcement and willingness to report crime, than actual prevalence.
  • Total crimes per 1000: Note: Crime statistics are often better indicators of prevalence of law enforcement and willingness to report crime, than actual prevalence. Figures expressed per thousand population for the same year.
  • Violent crime > Gun crime > Guns per 100 residents: Number of privately owned small firearms per 100 residents.
  • Violent crime > Intentional homicide rate: Homicides per 100’000 residents. Homicide is the death of a person purposefully inflicted by another person (it excludes suicides) outside of a state of war. Homicide is a broader category than murder, as it also includes manslaughter. The exact legal definition varies across countries, some of which include infanticide, assisted suicide, euthanasia and deaths caused by dangerous driving.
  • Violent crime > Murder rate: Intentional homicide, number and rate per 100,000 population.
  • Violent crime > Murder rate per million people: Intentional homicide, number and rate per 100,000 population. Figures expressed per million people for the same year.
  • Violent crime > Rapes per million people: The number of recorded rapes. Large numbers of rapes go unreported. South Africa is estimated to have 500,000 rapes per year, Egypt 200,000, China 32,000 and the UK with 85,000 rapes per year. Figures expressed per million people for the same year.
  • Violent crime > Rapes: The number of recorded rapes. Large numbers of rapes go unreported. South Africa is estimated to have 500,000 rapes per year, Egypt 200,000, China 32,000 and the UK with 85,000 rapes per year.
  • Violent crime > Murders per million people: Intentional homicide, number and rate per 100,000 population. Figures expressed per million people for the same year.
  • Robberies: Number of robberies recorded by police in that country per 100,000 population.
  • Believes crime increasing in the past 3 years: Crime increasing in the past 3 years. Based on 0-50 contributions for Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria and 82 more countries and 50-100 contributions for Argentina, Belgium, Bulgaria and 24 more countries and over 100 contributions for Australia, Brazil, Canada and 17 more countries. The surveys were conducted by numbeo.com from July, 2011 to February, 2014. See this sample survey for the United States, respondents were asked "In the past three years would you say the level of crime in your community has increased, stayed about the same, or decreased?". The higher the value, the more survey respondents believe it is high in their country.
  • Violent crime > Murders: Intentional homicide, number and rate per 100,000 population.
  • Fear of crime > Feels safe walking alone > At night: Safety walking alone during night. Based on 0-50 contributions for Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria and 82 more countries and 50-100 contributions for Argentina, Belgium, Bulgaria and 24 more countries and over 100 contributions for Australia, Brazil, Canada and 17 more countries. The surveys were conducted by numbeo.com from July, 2011 to February, 2014. See this sample survey for the United States, respondents were asked "How safe do you feel walking alone in this city during the night?". The higher the value, the more survey respondents believe it is high in their country.
  • Prisoners: Total persons incarcerated
  • Age of criminal responsibility (notes): Additional information, qualifications, exceptions and notes on the age of criminal responsibility stat, which indicates the age at which a person is no longer excluded from criminal liability.
  • Auto theft: Number of motor vehicle thefts (car thefts) recorded by police in that country per 100,000 population.
  • International Court of Justice > Current composition > Term End: Date term of judges of different nationality in the International Court of Justice will come to an end.
  • Murders > Per 100,000 people: Intentional homicide rate is the estimate of intentional homicides in a country as a result of domestic disputes that end in a killing, interpersonal violence, violent conflicts over land resources, inter-gang violence over turf or control, and predatory violence and killing by armed groups. The term, intentional homicide, is broad, but it does not include all intentional killing. In particular, deaths arising from armed conflict are usually considered separately. The difference is usually described by the organisation of the killing. Individuals or small groups usually commit homicide, whereas the killing in armed conflict is usually committed by more or less cohesive groups of up to several hundred members. Two main sources of data are presented: criminal justice (law enforcement) measures (this series), supplemented by data from national statistical agencies, and measures from public health sources (see other intentional homicide series). These various sources measure slightly different phenomena and are therefore unlikely to provide identical numbers."
  • Assaults: Number of assaults recorded by police in that country per 100,000 population.
  • Punishment > Maximum length of sentence: Maximum length of sentence (under life).

    No date was available from the Wikipedia article, so we used the date of retrieval.

  • Fear of crime > Feels safe walking alone > During the day: Safety walking alone during daylight. Based on 0-50 contributions for Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria and 82 more countries and 50-100 contributions for Argentina, Belgium, Bulgaria and 24 more countries and over 100 contributions for Australia, Brazil, Canada and 17 more countries. The surveys were conducted by numbeo.com from July, 2011 to February, 2014. See this sample survey for the United States, respondents were asked "How safe do you feel walking alone in this city during the daylight?". The higher the value, the more survey respondents believe it is high in their country.
  • Prisoners > Per capita: Data for 2003. Number of prisoners held per 100,000 population.
  • Illicit drugs: Crime statistics are often better indicators of prevalence of law enforcement and willingness to report crime, than actual prevalence.
  • Software piracy rate: The piracy rate is the total number of units of pirated software deployed in 2007 divided by the total units of software installed.
  • Fear of crime > Worries about being attacked: Worries attacked. Based on 0-50 contributions for Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria and 82 more countries and 50-100 contributions for Argentina, Belgium, Bulgaria and 24 more countries and over 100 contributions for Australia, Brazil, Canada and 17 more countries. The surveys were conducted by numbeo.com from July, 2011 to February, 2014. See this sample survey for the United States, respondents were asked "(How worried are you about)......being physically attacked by strangers?". The higher the value, the more survey respondents believe it is high in their country.
  • Perceived problems > Property crimes including vandalism and theft: Problem property crimes such as vandalism and theft. Based on 0-50 contributions for Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria and 82 more countries and 50-100 contributions for Argentina, Belgium, Bulgaria and 24 more countries and over 100 contributions for Australia, Brazil, Canada and 17 more countries. The surveys were conducted by numbeo.com from July, 2011 to February, 2014. See this sample survey for the United States, respondents were asked "(How much of a problem are...) property crimes such as vandalism and theft?". The higher the value, the more survey respondents believe it is high in their country.
  • Frauds: Total recorded frauds. Crime statistics are often better indicators of prevalence of law enforcement and willingness to report crime, than actual prevalence.
  • Perceived problems > Problem violent crimes including assault and armed robbery: Problem violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery. Based on 0-50 contributions for Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria and 82 more countries and 50-100 contributions for Argentina, Belgium, Bulgaria and 24 more countries and over 100 contributions for Australia, Brazil, Canada and 17 more countries. The surveys were conducted by numbeo.com from July, 2011 to February, 2014. See this sample survey for the United States, respondents were asked "(How much of a problem are...) violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery?". The higher the value, the more survey respondents believe it is high in their country.
  • Murders > WHO: Intentional homicide rate is the estimate of intentional homicides in a country as a result of domestic disputes that end in a killing, interpersonal violence, violent conflicts over land resources, inter-gang violence over turf or control, and predatory violence and killing by armed groups. The term, intentional homicide, is broad, but it does not include all intentional killing. In particular, deaths arising from armed conflict are usually considered separately. The difference is usually described by the organisation of the killing. Individuals or small groups usually commit homicide, whereas the killing in armed conflict is usually committed by more or less cohesive groups of up to several hundred members. Two main sources of data are presented: criminal justice (law enforcement) measures (this series), supplemented by data from national statistical agencies, and measures from public health sources (see other intentional homicide series). These various sources measure slightly different phenomena and are therefore unlikely to provide identical numbers."
  • Punishment > Crimes possibly attracting life sentence: Possible other sentence.

    No date was available from the Wikipedia article, so we used the date of retrieval.

  • Fear of crime > Worries about being mugged or robbed: Worries being mugged or robbed. Based on 0-50 contributions for Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria and 82 more countries and 50-100 contributions for Argentina, Belgium, Bulgaria and 24 more countries and over 100 contributions for Australia, Brazil, Canada and 17 more countries. The surveys were conducted by numbeo.com from July, 2011 to February, 2014. See this sample survey for the United States, respondents were asked "(How worried are you about)......being mugged and robbed?". The higher the value, the more survey respondents believe it is high in their country.
  • Punishment > Crimes requiring mandatory sentence: Mandatory sentence.

    No date was available from the Wikipedia article, so we used the date of retrieval.

  • Fear of crime > Worries about being insulted: Worries being insulted. Based on 0-50 contributions for Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria and 82 more countries and 50-100 contributions for Argentina, Belgium, Bulgaria and 24 more countries and over 100 contributions for Australia, Brazil, Canada and 17 more countries. The surveys were conducted by numbeo.com from July, 2011 to February, 2014. See this sample survey for the United States, respondents were asked "(How worried are you about)......being insulted or pestered by anybody, while in the street or any other public place?". The higher the value, the more survey respondents believe it is high in their country.
  • Perceived problems > Illegal drugs: Problem people using or dealing drugs. Based on 0-50 contributions for Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria and 82 more countries and 50-100 contributions for Argentina, Belgium, Bulgaria and 24 more countries and over 100 contributions for Australia, Brazil, Canada and 17 more countries. The surveys were conducted by numbeo.com from July, 2011 to February, 2014. See this sample survey for the United States, respondents were asked "(How much of a problem are...) people using or dealing drugs?". The higher the value, the more survey respondents believe it is high in their country.
  • Perceived problems > Problem corruption and bribery: Problem corruption and bribery. Based on 0-50 contributions for Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria and 82 more countries and 50-100 contributions for Argentina, Belgium, Bulgaria and 24 more countries and over 100 contributions for Australia, Brazil, Canada and 17 more countries. The surveys were conducted by numbeo.com from July, 2011 to February, 2014. See this sample survey for the United States, respondents were asked "(How much of a problem are...) corruption and bribery?". The higher the value, the more survey respondents believe it is high in their country.
  • Punishment > Minimum life sentence to serve before eligibility for requesting parole: Minimum to serve before eligibility for requesting parole.

    No date was available from the Wikipedia article, so we used the date of retrieval.

  • Prisoners per 1000: Total persons incarcerated. Figures expressed per thousand population for the same year.
  • Fear of crime > Worries about home break and enter: Worries home broken and things stolen. Based on 0-50 contributions for Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria and 82 more countries and 50-100 contributions for Argentina, Belgium, Bulgaria and 24 more countries and over 100 contributions for Australia, Brazil, Canada and 17 more countries. The surveys were conducted by numbeo.com from July, 2011 to February, 2014. See this sample survey for the United States, respondents were asked "How worried are you about....having your home broken into and something stolen?". The higher the value, the more survey respondents believe it is high in their country.
  • Punishment > Life sentence under the age of 18 or 21: Under age of 18 (or 21).

    No date was available from the Wikipedia article, so we used the date of retrieval.

  • Judges: Number of professional judges per 100,000 population.
  • Drugs > HIV testing amongst drug users: Estimated percentage of injecting drug users who have been tested for HIV.
  • Gun ownership > Guns per 100 residents > 2007: Number of guns owned per 100 residents in various countries. Following data relates to the year 2007.
  • Prisoners > Female: Female prisoners, expressed as a percentage share of the total prison population. Data for 2003.
  • Fear of crime > Worries about car being stolen: Worries car stolen. Based on 0-50 contributions for Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria and 82 more countries and 50-100 contributions for Argentina, Belgium, Bulgaria and 24 more countries and over 100 contributions for Australia, Brazil, Canada and 17 more countries. The surveys were conducted by numbeo.com from July, 2011 to February, 2014. See this sample survey for the United States, respondents were asked "(How worried are you about)......having your car stolen?". The higher the value, the more survey respondents believe it is high in their country.
  • Punishment > Has indefinite sentence: Indefinite sentence (excl. preventive or psychiatric detainment).

    No date was available from the Wikipedia article, so we used the date of retrieval.

  • Punishment > Has life imprisonment: Life imprisonment.

    No date was available from the Wikipedia article, so we used the date of retrieval.

  • Car thefts: Total recorded automobile thefts. Crime statistics are often better indicators of prevalence of law enforcement and willingness to report crime, than actual prevalence.
  • Fear of crime > Worries about things from car being stolen: Worries things from car stolen. Based on 0-50 contributions for Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria and 82 more countries and 50-100 contributions for Argentina, Belgium, Bulgaria and 24 more countries and over 100 contributions for Australia, Brazil, Canada and 17 more countries. The surveys were conducted by numbeo.com from July, 2011 to February, 2014. See this sample survey for the United States, respondents were asked "(How worried are you about)......having things stolen from your car?". The higher the value, the more survey respondents believe it is high in their country.
  • Car thefts per 1000: Total recorded automobile thefts. Crime statistics are often better indicators of prevalence of law enforcement and willingness to report crime, than actual prevalence. Figures expressed per thousand population for the same year.
  • Judges and Magistrates: Number of Judges and Magistrates
  • Murders committed by youths: Homicide rates among youths aged 10–29 years by country or area: most recent year available (variable 1990–1999).
  • Prosecutors: Number of prosecutors per 100,000 population.
  • Prisoners > Share of prison capacity filled: The percentage of the offical prison capacity filled. This is obtained by comparing the number of prisoners in a nation to the offical capacity of the nation's prison system. Data for 2003.
  • Judges and Magistrates per million: Number of Judges and Magistrates. Figures expressed per million population for the same year.
  • Frauds per 1000: Total recorded frauds. Crime statistics are often better indicators of prevalence of law enforcement and willingness to report crime, than actual prevalence. Figures expressed per thousand population for the same year.
  • Prisoners > Foreign prisoners: Prisoners who are foreign nationals, expressed as a percentage share of total prison population. Data for 2003.
  • Jails: Total number of adult prisons, penal or correctional institutions (excluding temporary jail lock-ups). Crime statistics are often better indicators of prevalence of law enforcement and willingness to report crime, than actual prevalence.
  • Murders committed by youths per capita: Homicide rate per 100,000 population aged 10–29 years
  • Murders committed by youths per million: Homicide rates among youths aged 10–29 years by country or area: most recent year available (variable 1990–1999). Figures expressed per million population for the same year.
  • Embezzlements: Crime statistics are often better indicators of prevalence of law enforcement and willingness to report crime, than actual prevalence.
  • Jails per million: Total number of adult prisons, penal or correctional institutions (excluding temporary jail lock-ups). Crime statistics are often better indicators of prevalence of law enforcement and willingness to report crime, than actual prevalence. Figures expressed per million population for the same year.
  • Embezzlements per million: Crime statistics are often better indicators of prevalence of law enforcement and willingness to report crime, than actual prevalence. Figures expressed per million population for the same year.
  • Prisoners > Pre-trial detainees: The percentage of the prison population that is being held pre-trial / on remand. Data for 2003.
STAT Russia United States HISTORY
Age of criminal responsibility 14
Ranked 26th. 2 times more than United States
6
Ranked 58th.
Crime levels 54.32
Ranked 35th.
55.84
Ranked 30th. 3% more than Russia
Drugs > Annual cannabis use 3.5%
Ranked 16th.
13.7%
Ranked 1st. 4 times more than Russia
Drugs > Opiates use 1.64%
Ranked 1st. 3 times more than United States
0.57%
Ranked 3rd.
Fear of crime > Violent hate crime 44.74
Ranked 10th. 37% more than United States
32.55
Ranked 31st.
Justice system > Punishment > Capital punishment (last execution year) 1,996
Ranked 4th.
2,014
Ranked 1st. 1% more than Russia
Murder rate 15 5
Rape rate 3.4
Ranked 38th.
27.3
Ranked 9th. 8 times more than Russia

Total crimes 2.95 million
Ranked 5th.
11.88 million
Ranked 1st. 4 times more than Russia
Total crimes per 1000 20.32
Ranked 41st.
41.29
Ranked 22nd. 2 times more than Russia
Violent crime > Gun crime > Guns per 100 residents 8.9
Ranked 66th.
88.8
Ranked 1st. 10 times more than Russia
Violent crime > Intentional homicide rate 12
Ranked 21st. 3 times more than United States
4.7
Ranked 7th.

Violent crime > Murder rate 14,574
Ranked 5th. 12% more than United States
12,996
Ranked 9th.

Violent crime > Murder rate per million people 102.35
Ranked 30th. 2 times more than United States
42.01
Ranked 43th.

Violent crime > Rapes per million people 34.46
Ranked 37th.
274.04
Ranked 9th. 8 times more than Russia

Violent crime > Rapes 4,907
Ranked 8th.
84,767
Ranked 1st. 17 times more than Russia

Violent crime > Murders per million people 102.35
Ranked 30th. 2 times more than United States
42.01
Ranked 43th.

Robberies 90.3
Ranked 4th.
146.4
Ranked 10th. 62% more than Russia
Believes crime increasing in the past 3 years 48.52
Ranked 85th.
65.22
Ranked 44th. 34% more than Russia
Violent crime > Murders 14,574
Ranked 5th. 12% more than United States
12,996
Ranked 9th.

Fear of crime > Feels safe walking alone > At night 34.07
Ranked 70th.
41.84
Ranked 60th. 23% more than Russia
Prisoners 846,967 prisoners
Ranked 3rd.
2.02 million prisoners
Ranked 1st. 2 times more than Russia
Age of criminal responsibility (notes) 16 by default, 14 years specifically for crimes as listed in Section 20 of the Criminal code, like murder, rape, robbery, extortion, kidnapping, motor vehicle theft, terror attack, stealing restricted substances like explosives or narcotics, aggravated anti-social behaviour, vandalism, false report of a terror attack. url= http://www.national.org.nz/Article.aspx?ArticleID=3882 |title= Saving a generation of young people |first=Don |last=Brash |authorlink= Don Brash |publisher= New Zealand National Party |date = 21 March 2005 |accessdate= 31 October 2012}}</ref>; however, only 15 states have set minimum ages, which range from 6 to 12 years. States without statutory minimum ages rely on common law, which means that 7 is the minimum age in most states; for federal crimes the age has been set at 11.
Auto theft 17.8
Ranked 52nd.
390.2
Ranked 6th. 22 times more than Russia

International Court of Justice > Current composition > Term End 2015 2015
Murders > Per 100,000 people 29.7
Ranked 12th. 5 times more than United States
5.9
Ranked 63th.
Assaults 26.9
Ranked 8th.
786.7
Ranked 1st. 29 times more than Russia
Punishment > Maximum length of sentence 25 years' imprisonment or 30 years in special circumstances for all women and men above age 65 None
Fear of crime > Feels safe walking alone > During the day 73.15
Ranked 63th.
75.24
Ranked 57th. 3% more than Russia

Prisoners > Per capita 584 per 100,000 people
Ranked 2nd.
715 per 100,000 people
Ranked 1st. 22% more than Russia
Illicit drugs limited cultivation of illicit cannabis and opium poppy and producer of methamphetamine, mostly for domestic consumption; government has active illicit crop eradication program; used as transshipment point for Asian opiates, cannabis, and Latin American cocaine bound for growing domestic markets, to a lesser extent Western and Central Europe, and occasionally to the US; major source of heroin precursor chemicals; corruption and organized crime are key concerns; major consumer of opiates world's largest consumer of cocaine (shipped from Colombia through Mexico and the Caribbean), Colombian heroin, and Mexican heroin and marijuana; major consumer of ecstasy and Mexican methamphetamine; minor consumer of high-quality Southeast Asian heroin; illicit producer of cannabis, marijuana, depressants, stimulants, hallucinogens, and methamphetamine; money-laundering center
Software piracy rate 73%
Ranked 38th. 4 times more than United States
20%
Ranked 106th.
Fear of crime > Worries about being attacked 54.48
Ranked 22nd. 29% more than United States
42.08
Ranked 43th.
Perceived problems > Property crimes including vandalism and theft 57.46
Ranked 30th.
57.93
Ranked 28th. 1% more than Russia
Frauds 81,470
Ranked 8th.
371,800
Ranked 2nd. 5 times more than Russia
Perceived problems > Problem violent crimes including assault and armed robbery 39.55
Ranked 43th.
75.54
Ranked 10th. 91% more than Russia
Murders > WHO 18.9
Ranked 26th. 3 times more than United States
5.6
Ranked 88th.
Punishment > Crimes possibly attracting life sentence See details Varies by state
Fear of crime > Worries about being mugged or robbed 48.12
Ranked 37th. 7% more than United States
45.01
Ranked 47th.
Punishment > Crimes requiring mandatory sentence No Varies by state
Fear of crime > Worries about being insulted 51.32
Ranked 21st. 14% more than United States
44.84
Ranked 33th.
Perceived problems > Illegal drugs 58.83
Ranked 22nd.
61.82
Ranked 19th. 5% more than Russia
Perceived problems > Problem corruption and bribery 87.92
Ranked 16th. 2 times more than United States
42.45
Ranked 69th.
Punishment > Minimum life sentence to serve before eligibility for requesting parole 25 years 15 years minimum to infinite, or never (depending on crime and state)
Prisoners per 1000 5.83 prisoners
Ranked 3rd.
7.02 prisoners
Ranked 2nd. 20% more than Russia
Fear of crime > Worries about home break and enter 40.49
Ranked 57th.
48.52
Ranked 39th. 20% more than Russia
Punishment > Life sentence under the age of 18 or 21 under 18 : max. 10 years' imprisonment Yes ( de jure )
Judges 46.4%
Ranked 1st. 4 times more than United States
10.8%
Ranked 3rd.

Drugs > HIV testing amongst drug users 26%
Ranked 33th.
46.8%
Ranked 12th. 80% more than Russia

Gun ownership > Guns per 100 residents > 2007 8.9
Ranked 27th.
88.8
Ranked 1st. 10 times more than Russia
Prisoners > Female 5.8%
Ranked 31st.
8.5%
Ranked 9th. 47% more than Russia
Fear of crime > Worries about car being stolen 52.07
Ranked 29th. 24% more than United States
42.04
Ranked 45th.
Punishment > Has indefinite sentence No Yes
Punishment > Has life imprisonment Yes, but only for men between 18 and 65 years. Yes
Car thefts 26,106
Ranked 22nd.
1.25 million
Ranked 1st. 48 times more than Russia
Fear of crime > Worries about things from car being stolen 58.65
Ranked 34th.
59.02
Ranked 33th. 1% more than Russia
Car thefts per 1000 0.18
Ranked 51st.
4.33
Ranked 11th. 24 times more than Russia
Judges and Magistrates 67,994
Ranked 2nd. 2 times more than United States
29,023
Ranked 3rd.
Murders committed by youths 7,885
Ranked 4th.
8,226
Ranked 3rd. 4% more than Russia
Prosecutors 30.3%
Ranked 2nd. 3 times more than United States
8.8%
Ranked 1st.

Prisoners > Share of prison capacity filled 90.2%
Ranked 105th.
0.0
Ranked 126th.
Judges and Magistrates per million 467.96
Ranked 1st. 5 times more than United States
100.91
Ranked 31st.
Frauds per 1000 0.561
Ranked 35th.
1.29
Ranked 24th. 2 times more than Russia
Prisoners > Foreign prisoners 1.7%
Ranked 58th. 3 times more than United States
0.5%
Ranked 77th.
Jails 739
Ranked 8th.
1,558
Ranked 6th. 2 times more than Russia
Murders committed by youths per capita 18
Ranked 7th. 64% more than United States
11
Ranked 14th.
Murders committed by youths per million 53.89
Ranked 9th. 83% more than United States
29.48
Ranked 16th.
Embezzlements 53,579
Ranked 1st. 3 times more than United States
17,300
Ranked 4th.
Jails per million 5.09
Ranked 27th.
5.42
Ranked 24th. 7% more than Russia
Embezzlements per million 368.75
Ranked 14th. 6 times more than United States
60.15
Ranked 39th.
Prisoners > Pre-trial detainees 16.9%
Ranked 117th.
20%
Ranked 106th. 18% more than Russia

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"Crime: Russia and United States compared", NationMaster. Retrieved from http://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/compare/Russia/United-States/Crime

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Russia, according to the United Nations report released last 2011, Russia ranks among the world’s highest in terms of homicide rate at approximately 11.2 deaths per 100 thousand individuals in the country. Although the statistical data is pretty alarming at an initial glance, the country has actually experienced significant decline in the number of homicide crimes. In 2002, Russian authorities recorded some 44 thousand murders and assault-related crimes, and nearly a quarter of these were committed by individuals under the influence of alcohol.

For several decades, Russia and the US were almost on par in terms of violent crimes. However, strict and widespread imposition of tough criminal laws, empowered by an efficient and well-funded law enforcement agencies and criminal courts, have all led to the dramatic decline in violent crimes. As of 2012, an average of 4.7 murders per 100 thousand was recorded.

With regards to other crimes, it is difficult to gauge which between Russia and the US has more crimes. It is obvious, however, that Russia is dealing with more types of violent and non-violent criminal offenses. Among the most widespread and most infamous of crimes committed in the largest nation in the world by land area include drug trafficking, money laundering, corruption in many levels of the government, extortion, human trafficking, arms trafficking, poaching, assassins for hire, and fraud. These crimes are still widespread in the country, and they are committed by highly organized criminal groups.

On the other hand, crimes in the US include assault, burglary, theft, child abuse, harassment, rape, etc. Ironically, in the US, more than [50% of all crimes] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RaceandcrimeintheUnitedStates), violent and non-violent, were committed by whites, around 30% were committed by African Americans, and the rest by other ethnicities.

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