[Press and Public Relations] Tackling Burglary in Russia: Top Level Visit to University of Leicester's Scarman Centre

September 2001

No 127

The University of Leicester's Scarman Centre will play host to a group of senior Russian police officers between Monday 17th September and Friday 5th October. The officers are visiting the UK as part of a major project funded by the Department for International Development (DFID) to develop crime reduction schemes for cities in Russia.

The main aim of the project is to improve understanding of the problem of burglary, including whether western experiences of repeat victimisation are mirrored in Russian society, and to develop ways of reducing the problem.

Phase 1 of the project involved undertaking a crime audit to establish the extent and nature of the problem of burglary in three Russian cities. Surveys of 1500 residents in each city were conducted earlier this year to investigate local concerns about crime, experiences of crime and dealing with the police, and attitudes to crime prevention.

During Phase 2 of the project a series of context-specific burglary reduction programmes will be introduced in accordance with the priorities and needs of the three cities, as identified during Phase 1. In order to develop this stage of the project, a delegation of 7 police academics from the Scarman Centre's partner institutes in Russia - Smolensk Law Institute, Omsk Law Academy and Volgograd Law Academy - are visiting the UK to meet with police officers, community groups and academics who have specialist knowledge of implementing and maintaining burglary reduction programmes.

The names of the visitors are:

Andrei Bakhta: Colonel, Deputy Rector responsible for Research, Omsk Law Academy Anatoly Ivashenko: Lieutenant Colonel, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Criminology and Crime Prevention, Omsk Law Academy Svetlana Derbicheva: Lieutenant Colonel, Professor, Head of Humanities, Smolensk Law Institute Pavel Astapenko: Captain, Research Fellow, Smolensk Law Institute Anatoly Nikonov: Lieutenant Colonel, Head of Scientific Research Department, Volgograd Law Academy Nikolai Demidov: Colonel, Deputy Head of Philosophy Department, Volgograd Law Academy Elena Emelianova: Lieutenant, Research Fellow, Scientific Research Department, Volgograd Law Academy.

In addition to local meetings at the Government Office for the East Midlands' Crime Reduction Unit in Nottingham, Leicestershire Constabulary, and Leicester City Council Community Safety Unit, the officers will also spend several days in Scotland, visiting Strathclyde Police Force and the Scottish Police College, and 2 days at the Crime Reduction College at Easingwold near York.

For further information, please contact: Adrian Beck (Project Director) bna@le.ac.uk, telephone +44 (0) 116 252 5988, Fax +44 (0) 116 252 5934 or Annette Robertson (Research Associate), email ar72@le.ac.uk, telephone +44 (0) 116 252 5967, Fax +44 (0) 116 252 5934.

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