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16%

of criminals in Russia are women

The contribution of "female" crime to overall crime rate is stable and relatively small, according to the Demoscope Weekly, the journal published by the Vishnevsky Institute of Demography. Over the past 30 years (1990-2020), the proportion of women among criminals in Russia was the lowest in 1993 (11.2%), and the highest in 2002 (17.8%). In 2019, it was 16.1%, while in 2020 it was at 16%.

Men represent the absolute majority among those who commit felonies (murder and attempted murder, robbery, burglary, assault, drug dealing). Women are more likely to commit economic and property crimes. So, in 2019, there were 39% women among those convicted for embezzlement and 33% — for fraud.

The number of men and women who committed crimes (1990-2020, thousand people)
Author: Svetlana Saltanova, June 20