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Session of the Investigative Committee Collegium. The problems of investigation of past murders are discussed

A session of the Collegium was held at the Central Office of the Investigative Committee. It was devoted to the problems of investigation of past murders.

Alexey Stuk, the Deputy Prosecutor General, and Ivan Podgursky, the First Deputy Minister of the Interior, took part in the event as invited guests.

Since the establishment of the Investigative Committee, one of the priorities in the activities has been to investigate past crimes, with particular attention being paid to determining the facts of murders, because of their heightened public danger.

Human life and health are the highest value. The degree of their protection directly depends on the efficiency of the work of all law enforcement agencies. The number of murders committed and solved reflects the level of security in the state. 

In the period from the postwar 1945 to 2017, more than 38.7 thousand murders were registered within the territory of the Republic of Belarus. The largest number was recorded in 1998 (1228), the smallest - in 1954 (125). The last year figure (348) corresponds to the situation in the country in the first half of the 70s of the last century, when between 300 and 350 murders were registered. 

The murder detection rate has been growing over the past years; however, more than a thousand criminal cases in this category remain unsolved. Over the six and a half years of the Investigative Committee’s activity, their balance has decreased by 235 (or 16.5%), and it amounts to 1 191 cases. But, despite the large amount of work done in this area of activity, the organization of investigation of past murders requires further improvement, as well as the development of new forms and methods of work.

When opening the session, Ivan Noskevich, the Chairman of the Investigative Committee, noted that we must return to every unsolved murder and take all possible measures to identify the perpetrators by increasing the role of investigative administrations and interdepartmental working groups in this aspect.

The reports were made by Alexey Volkov, the First Deputy Chairman, Vladimir Shalukhin, the Head of the Administration in and for the Vitebsk Region, Sergey Pasko, the Head of the Gomel Region Administration, as well as by the heads of a number of regional divisions.

During the session it was noted that the Main Investigative Department of the Central Office of the Investigative Committee, the Administration in and for the city of Minsk, the Administrations in and for the Gomel and Brest Regions carried out activities with regard to the analyzed area of service in the most active, effective and efficient manner.

By decision of the Collegium, a number of divisions of the Central Office were instructed to jointly prepare methodological recommendations on the organization of work with regard to criminal cases of past murders and their physical evidences, as well as to continue to provide practical and methodological assistance to territorial departments of the Investigative Committee.

 According to Ivan Noskevich, local leaders should provide a systematic, high-quality investigation of criminal cases of murders and get physical evidences under control. He believes that a significant number of such criminal cases should be investigated by the Administrations of the Investigative Committee, and the most complex ones should be transferred to the Main Investigative Department.

At the end of the event, the awards and epaulets ceremony was held for the staff of the Investigative Committee.