February 1, 1989
The Soviet Union, releasing national crime statistics for the first time, reported that 111 murders and 137 holdups were committed nationwide during January. "It has been decided to reveal previously classified statistics of the U.S.S.R. Interior Ministry," ministry spokesman Col. Yuri Arshenevsky said in an interview with the newspaper Trud. "From now on, data on crime and on the results of combatting it will be available for everyone."