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In 2022, migrants committed 40,150 (2%) crimes in Russia (7,680 in Moscow, 5,520 in Moscow Oblast). More than 85% were committed by citizens of the former USSR countries. In Jan-Nov 2023 - 36,600 crimes. Crimes are committed mainly against other migrants and are most often of a domestic nature, sometimes on religious grounds or, for example, just a fight in the market. In 2023, according to the IT company Platforma, the number of VPN users in Russia increased by 37% compared to 2022 and 2.5 times compared to 2021. The largest share of VPN users is in Moscow (11%), Krasnodar and Krasnodar Krai (9%), St. Petersburg (8%), Rostov-on-Don and Rostov Oblast (5%), Perm and Perm Krai (5%). The main age of VPN users is 35-44 years old (63%). In 2023, according to the Ministry of Industry and Trade, the volume of non-resource non-energy exports from Russia (mainly metallurgy, chemical industry and mechanical engineering) decreased by 23% and amounted to $146.3 billion ($190.4b in 2022, $194.2b in 2021). Total exports from Russia amounted to $425.1b (-28.3%), imports - $285.1 billion (+11.7%). According to Rosstat, the permanent population of Russia as of January 1, 2024 amounted to 146.204 million (decreased by 243.8 thousand). In 2022, it decreased by 532.6 thousand people. The regions with the largest decrease: Kemerovo (20.2 thousand), Nizhny Novgorod (20), Saratov (19), Sverdlovsk (16). The largest increase: Moscow Oblast (59.2 thousand), Moscow (50.5) and Tyumen Oblast (41.8). According to Rosstat, consumer prices in Russia increased by 7.42% in 2023: fruits and vegetables - 24.19%, food products - by 8.16%, non-food products - 5.96%, services - 8.33%. In particular: chicken eggs - 61.35%, meat and poultry - 16.2%, sugar - 10.8%, fish - 9.2%, medicines - 7.9%, tobacco products - 7%, gasoline - 7.2%, foreign trips - 24.8%. More notes from Russia »
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