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MOSCOW, January 4. /TASS/. The Russian Interior Ministry registered more than 1,200 extremist crimes in 2018. The ministry’s press center informed TASS that the police had identified about 800 people involved in such crimes.

“Thanks to the growing level of interdepartmental cooperation, professionalism of the law enforcement agencies’ operations staff and investigators, a positive trend towards a reduction in the number of extremist crimes was achieved in 2018. A total of 1,209 extremist crimes were registered during the first ten months of 2018, which is 7.4% less than in 2017,” the ministry said.

According to the Interior Ministry, 780 people who committed such crimes were identified last year, and more than 800 criminal cases were taken to courts.

Russian President Vladimir Putin earlier said countering extremism was a top-priority task for the law enforcement agencies. He also pointed to the need to foil the activities of extremist groups.

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