Working meeting with Investigative Committee Chairman Alexander Bastrykin 2012-12-13 18:45:00 The Kremlin, Moscow The head of the Investigative Committee briefed the President on the results of the department’s work in key areas, including the fight against terrorism, organised crime, drug trafficking and corruption. Mr Bastrykin reported that about 300,000 criminal cases were investigated over the course of the year, which is approximately one third of all cases investigated in the country. These included the most high-profile and serious cases threatening people’s personal safety, as well as economic and financial security of the nation. In many regions, 88–90 percent of murder cases were solved. During the year, more than thirty large organised crime gangs and groups were put on trial. The Committee solved such terrible terrorist cases as the terrorist attack at Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport and the railroad attack to blast the Sapsan high-speed train. It also solved a number of serious terrorist attacks in the North Caucasus in close cooperation with the Interior Ministry and FSB. In just nine months this year, the Investigative Committee opened more than 20 thousand criminal cases connected with corruption. Of these, approximately 16 thousand involved officials, deputies, civil servants and law enforcement officers at various levels. Over the course of the year, twelve investigators were killed on duty in the North Caucasus region. Mr Bastrykin noted the high burden on investigators working in the Caucasus and other regions, particularly in central Russia, stating that the Investigative Committee would like to grant state decorations to several of its officers for their selfless work and particular dedication. The President supported this suggestion.