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UW Law School Wednesday Workshop: “Crime and Safety in Russia: Citizens’ Perceptions” with Arseny Verkeev

May 11, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

This event is hosted by the UW Law School.

Research on fear of crime is a classic topic area in American criminology. Its expansion to social science outside the US has happened primarily through large survey projects such as the European Social Survey (ESS). The so-called standard “fear of crime” questions were also implemented in national surveys such as the Russia Longitudinal Monitoring Survey – Higher School of Economics (RLMS-HSE). However, differences in the national contexts of the data collection, often overlooked in the literature, remain an issue for substantial interpretation of data on crime coming from countries different than the US. In the US, research on perceptions of crime and victimization was to a large extent a reaction to the rapid increase in crime from the 1960s to the early 90s. During that period, crime has been recognized as a major problem in the country, often publicly discussed in that manner (“war on crime”). In Russia this historical context is absent. Moreover, street crime and gun violence in Russia are significantly less prevalent than in the US, where such behavior is responsible for many deaths. Together with other contextual factors, these differences constitute a challenge for anyone trying to inquire into how crime is perceived in a particular national context. This study addresses the issues above and makes an attempt to shed light on perceptions of crime in Russia, using the most recent and high-quality data available from the ESS, RLMS–HSE, and the 2021 Russian Crime Victimization Survey (RCVS), a nationally representative survey of crime victims that yields control for various aspects of legal behavior and crime-level characteristics, providing a more detailed account of crime perceptions as compared to the general-purpose population surveys.

Please note this event intended for a UW internal audience only.

Lunch will be available before and after the workshop. For those who wish to join virtually, please contact Erin Hart at for the Zoom link.

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May 11, 2022
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm