Ivan Sydoruk said police had disarmed 148 gunmen of illegal armed formations, and killed 39 militants since the beginning of the year. However, he said the situation in the North Caucasus remains difficult, with heavy casualties among law enforcers.
Since the start of the year, "45 law enforcers have been killed and another 55 policemen wounded in Chechnya and Dagestan," the official said.
Sydoruk said 11 extremist crimes have been reported in the Southern Federal District since the beginning of January, 20% more than in the same period of last year.
The Astrakhan Region and the Krasnodar and Stavropol territories reported the most alarming results, he said.
Sydoruk said the work of local prosecutors during the first half of the year was not faultless. "In particular, we have failed to prevent numerous violations in criminal investigations," he said.
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The main event of the third day of the 11th meeting of the Valdai International Discussion Club in Sochi was the closing session with President Vladimir Putin. The atmosphere was calm and open, despite the current political tensions and the Russia-West confrontation. The Russian president said that it corresponded to the spirit of the Valdai Club.