Growth of Criminal Subculture Among Youth Now ‘Problem of National Security’ in Russia
September 11 – Thousands of murders and other crimes in Russia, many of them
committed by the more than 800,000 followers of websites promoting criminal
values among the young and directed at ethnic and other minority groups and the
overwhelming majority of them unsolved or at least unpunished, have become “a
problem of national security.”
message was delivered to Vladimir Putin by Yana Lantrantova at a recent meeting
of the Presidential Human Rights Council who says that the cult of crime among
young people has become widespread not only because an increasing number of
Russian youths are unemployed, not in school and unsupervised but for other
reasons as well.
groups are often referred to as sharing an ideology of the AUE, an acronym
expanded in various way but referring to a belief in crime as the basis of
unity of these young people against the rest of the world. “At present, Irina
Mishina of Novyye izvestiya says,
“law enforcement cannot do anything with them.”
is most frightening about this situation, the journalist continues, is that
“the law enforcement organs still haven’t solved a single criminal act
committed by those who identify with the AUE. One is thus compelled to ask:
perhaps our protectors also have been frightened by
these people to special schools rather than to prisons, those who follow these
trends say, doesn’t work: it only means that when the youngsters come out of
such places they are even more united and even more violent, “a whole army” of
criminals, in the words of Lantrantova.
Guldan, a psychologist at the Moscow Oblast Center for Social and Judicial
Psychiatry, says that “young people today unite in groups on various
principles: some declare themselves football fans, others, fighters against
pedophilia and homosexuality, and still others ‘for purity of the race.’” But
“the root problem” is that they aren’t involved in work or school.
in society as a whole, tensions are growing; and because these young people are
not connected with parents or other authority figures, they don’t have an
constraints and are becoming increasingly “asocial.” They become murderers
“because of social causes,” and this process may prove “irreversible,” he adds.
the end of last year, the Duma took up a measure to deal with youth crime; but
it went nowhere, Mishina reports. Deputies talked about how serious the problem
has become but ultimately did nothing.Many felt that trying to deal with this subculture via law won’t work
but only lead to long, drawn-out and expensive investigations and trials.