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UN report puts Russia among leaders in homicide rates

Source  at 24/10/2011

Russia is among world leaders in the number of murders committed, on par with African countries and Latin America, according to the UN’s “Global study on homicide 2011.”

The report is the first of its kind and was prepared by the organization’s Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

The report uses 2010 data, but for Russia 2009 data was used. In 2009, there were 15,954 homicides in Russia, or 11.2 per 100,000 people. In the USA there were 15,241 homicides, or 5 per 100,000.

Russia has more homicides than neighbours Kazakhstan (10.7 per 100,000), Belarus (4.9), Estonia (5.2) and Ukraine (4.8).

World leader in homicides per capita is Honduras, with 82.1, followed by Salvador (66) and Ivory Coast (56.9).

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