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Grenade Amplifies Crime in Moscow

September 08, 1992| Times Staff Writer

MOSCOW — Russia's mounting crime wave reached a new high Monday morning when a large explosion near Kutuzovsky Prospect, a main government road to the Kremlin, turned out to have been the burst of an anti-tank grenade hurled by a portable launcher.

The grenade shattered windows in a medical clinic but caused no injuries. The director of the clinic told the Associated Press, which is based in a building on nearby Kutuzovsky Prospect, that he believed someone was out to kill him and that this was the second attempt on his life this year.

Russia's crime rate has been spiraling upward by about one-third each year.

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