Crime in Armenia
In 2018 22,551 cases were recorded, 11.2% more than in 2017.
In 2017 there were 20 284 criminal cases registered in Armenia, up from 18 764 in 2016.
Crime by type
In 2018 with 38 cases Armenia recorded the lowest murder rate in 38-40 years.
In 2017 there were 49 cases of murder in Armenia (about 1.6 per 100,000 population), down from 66 in 2016. Total of 409 persons died because of various criminal cases (down from 424 in 2016), including 202 cases of death because of crime leading to road accident.
Organized crime permeates the Armenian economy. In Yerevan there are organized, criminal clans known as "akhperutyuns" (Armenian: ախբերություն, or brotherhoods). They assert their power through their position and connections. The various factions sometimes battle for rights over their "turf". Members are guided by the underworld laws brought from Russian prisons.
In 2017 634 corruption related criminal cases were registered, which led to criminal prosecutions of 376 persons.
A 2008 study by Amnesty International stated that more than a quarter of women in Armenia "have faced physical violence at the hands of husbands or other family members." Since reporting domestic violence is heavily stigmatized in Armenian society, many of these women have no choice but to remain in abusive situations.
In 2017 there were 885 cases of breaches of legislation on environment protection leading to total 3346 million AMD compensation demands.
In 2017 there were 10219 criminal cases registered in Yerevan representing about half of all 20284 criminal cases in Armenia in 2017.
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- "Criminal statistics for 2017 by ArmStat" (PDF).
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- Global Study on Homicide. United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, 2013.
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- "Strengthening Cooperation between the National Assembly, Civil Society and the Media in the Fight Against Corruption", Speech by Ms. Consuelo Vidal, (UN RC / UNDP RR), April 6, 2006.
- There’s no pride in silence: domestic and sexual violence against women in Armenia, Amnesty International, November 13, 2008