Shota Utiashvili

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Unbelievable Crime Statistics

Shota UtiashviliFormer Director of the Department of Information and Analysis at the Georgian Interior Ministry and a former police captain On 20 June, the interior ministry decided to put an end to the rumors that had been circulating for several months and published the crime statistics. The interior ministry asserts that during the first five months of 2014, as compared to the first five months of 2013, the level of crime fell.Is the data published by the interior ministry trustworthy?...

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