MOSCOW, August 5 (RAPSI) – The number of crimes committed by foreign nationals increased by 5% in Russia, First Deputy Interior Minister Alexander Gorovoy announced Thursday.

According to Gorovoy, along with the rise in crime commitment by foreigners there is an increase in their illegal activity including gross violation of public order, mass fights with violence posing a threat to human health and life, use of force against representatives of authority and obstruction of proper operation of vital infrastructure, the Interior Ministry’s statement citing the police official reads.

As of today, organizers and participants of mass riots are arrested, violators are brought to administrative and criminal liability, Gorovoy emphasized. Foreign citizens involved in the riots are punished. Their terms of stay in Russia are reduced, decisions to close the border for them are made. Documents permitting them to work in Russia are annulled, he added.

The First Deputy Interior Minister also reminded that the law on obligatory dactyloscopy for foreigners coming to work in Russia and other categories of foreign citizens would take effect on December 29, 2021.