Renewed Moscow Criminal Investigation Department to focus on Caucasus
As a result of the Moscow Criminal Investigation Department reform, three separate divisions for combating ethnic OCG have been added to its structure, namely Kavkaz (Caucasus), Zakavkazye (Transcaucasia), and Srednyaya Aziya (Central Asia).
Structural changes in the Moscow Criminal Investigation Department (MUR) have been completed. The MUR transformation has resulted in strengthening of operational activities to combat criminal elements from the Caucasus and Central Asia.
It is known that an operation and search department has been created in MUR dealing with detection of frauds of general criminal orientation. According to Rosbalt, in contrast to a single department fighting criminal elements from the Caucasus and Central Asia in the past, there are now three departments for operative development of this direction.
Kavkaz division of the Moscow Criminal Investigation Department deals with the development of organized crime groups (OCGs), whose members are natives of Caucasian republics belonging to the Russian Federation, Zakavkazye specializes in OCGs consisting of Caucasians from the CIS countries. Srednyaya Aziya will fight against organized crime from Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan.
In September, when structural changes in the MUR were first launched, it was reported that the total number of operatives would increase.
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