Russian interior minister Anatoly Kulikov announced at a press conference yesterday that the incidence of crime in Russia has fallen more than 9 percent so far this year over the same period in 1996. Kulikov attributed the decline to improved work by law-enforcement agencies. He also repeated a charge that Western reports warning of activities by Russian mafia groups are exaggerated and aimed deliberately at discouraging foreigners from investing in Russia. (AP, Russian agencies, November 5)
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