Criminality in Liechtenstein

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The authors of this article, on the basis of statistical, normative, and doctrinal sources (mainly German-speaking), examine the main features of crime in the Principality of Liechtenstein, which is located between Switzerland and Austria: 1) the predominance of drug trafficking; 2) criminal acts committed by foreigners as a significant share of crime Liechtenstein; 3) a sufficiently high crime detection rate. Further, the authors analyze crime prevention and deterrence measures in the Principality of Liechtenstein. The views of the reigning Prince Hans Adam II on illegal drug trafficking are considered. The issue of combating criminally punishable acts in the financial sphere (legalization of criminal income, financing of criminal activity, illegal banking activities, etc.), as well as the legal status of the financial intelligence Unit (Financial Intelligence Unit) is also touched upon. The opinion of ordinary people (carriers of ordinary legal consciousness) about the level of crime in Liechtenstein is studied via Internet forums.

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Alexander A. Trefilov

The Institute of Legislation and Comparative Law under the Government of the Russian Federation

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PhD in law, senior researcher

Russian Federation, Moscow

Ekaterina S. Borodulkina



PhD in Law, Chief Advisor of the Department of legislation on National Security and Law Enforcement Activities



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