Victimization of Contemporary Russians

Victimization of Contemporary Russians

Voskresenskii F.A.

Researcher of the Open Research Laboratory the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, USA

Voskresenskaia E.A.

Cand. Sci. (Physic&Math.), analyst, “Smartdec”, Russia, Moscow

ID of the Article: 9294

For citation:

Voskresenskii F.A., Voskresenskaia E.A. Victimization of Contemporary Russians. Sotsiologicheskie issledovaniya [Sociological Studies]. 2022. No 9. P. 139-143


The article shows results of the Russian Victimization Telephone Survey on a representative sample. It was conduct in 2018 by the Institute for Law Enforcement Problems at the European University at St. Petersburg (N = 16818). The identified level of victimization (17.8% for the last 5 years before the survey, 7.6% per year) is lower than in European countries, although several times higher than the official statistics of registered crime in Russia. At the same time, only about half of the victims apply to Law Enforcement agencies, in less than a quarter of cases a criminal or administrative case was initiated, and only in 7.6% the cases have reached court. Only 6% of the victims have received material compensation, and 2/3 of them have received it without a trial process. The number of satisfied victims is significantly less than the number of respondents who applied to Law Enforcement agencies and were recognized as victims. The results of the survey demonstrate essential problems in the work both The Russian Law Enforcement agencies and Courts in protecting the rights of citizens affected by crime.

crime; victimization; institutional trust; protection of human rights
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