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Definition, State and Tendencies of Economic Crime in Ukraine

Svitlana I. Prokopchenko

Economic crime is one of the destabilizing factors in a democratic country. The level of economic crime is affected by the military conflict in the East of Ukraine and the economic crisis in Ukraine. Economic crime is a real threat to the national security of Ukraine. The state and trends of economic crime in our country are quite actively investigated by Ukrainian criminologists. It is necessary to study the patterns of committing economic crimes and to predict trends in the development and spread of this type of crime. In addition, the issue of a unified understanding of the concept of «economic crime» should be resolved. One of the problems of combating economic crime in Ukraine is the presence of considerable complexity in determining its quantitative and qualitative indicators. This is due to the lack of a single statistical report on committed economic crimes. In addition, in the analysis of statistical information and trends in the spread of economic crimes, it is necessary to take into account the fact that from 2014, official statistics do not include data on Luhansk and Donetsk oblasts and the Autonomous Republic of Crimea.

Taking into account the statistical data of the General Prosecutor's Office of Ukraine, one can trace the tendency to increase the level of economic crime in the structure of criminal offenses committed at enterprises, institutions and organizations by type of economic activity.

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