MOSCOW, June 23 (RAPSI) – The number of convicts whose sentences had come into effect reduced nearly by 50% in the Russian Federation in the last 20 years, according to the official statistics of the Supreme Court’s Justice Department.

The statistical calculations show that in 1999 over 1.2 million people were convicted in Russia, while in 2019 there were 598,000 convicts. 

The peak of crime wave and fight against it was between 1994 and 2001, according to the data. Through 1989 to 1999, the number of convicts increased by 127.5%.