Crime Rate in Russia: The Cause and Effect Relationship with Russian Society

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Crime: The Cause and Effect Relationship with Russian Society Criminal situation that is forming in modern Russian society today, continues to remain a complex issue. After the collapse of Soviet Union and the governing structure, Russia fell into political, economic and cultural crisis that would have a devastating effect on crime level. Russia began making a slow transition toward market economy that would mean extremely high prices on food, shelter and other necessities, despite the fact that the salary of employed people remained unchanged. Many people were laid off that triggered more robbery, extortion and bribery. Referring to Botchkovar Charles’ of Criminology: “…there have been a steady upward shift in crime rate of 2.4% per year. The bribery showed a total increase of 87% over the ten year span”. Majority of corrupted people escape the justice system that proved to be useless against bribery that is still showing no signs of quitting. Battle with corruption became more difficult and as Transparency International agency suggests, Russia fell from 82nd to 146th place in global rating. During the Soviet Union times, the culture was highly protected with censorship that filtered out negative and unwanted content on radio, literature and television. After the Soviet collapse, the market began showing signs of low quality movies, music and literature. Due to the low media barriers, the audience began witnessing more violence and other sexual content on television, reading bad literature filled with detailed description of brutality and listening to junk pop music. These new and exciting contents captured the people’s interest at the beginning but eventually led to the cultural misleading perceptions about living standards and moral values. In “Morality in Today’s Russia”, Alexander Iurevich reports that ”deficiencies in ideology and spiritual life of population gave rise to criminal socio-psychotic problems that included: low level of solidarity with...
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