Drug addiction, which has spread significantly across Russia over the past decade, poses a serious threat to the country's security. There are some 550,000 drug addicts officially registered in Russia, with unofficial estimates as high as 2.5 million accounting for almost 2% of Russia's 142-million population. Russia is battling a rise in the flow of heroin from Afghanistan into its North Caucasus region.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon discussed in a phone conversation situation in Afghanistan and emphasized the need for a joint struggle against the drug threat, the Kremlin said on Tuesday.
Russian law enforcement officers seized 70 kilograms of narcotics at Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport from baggage originating in Peru, the country’s customs service said Friday.
About 38 tons of drugs were seized in Russia last year, about a third of the 106 tons confiscated the year before, according to figures cited by the country’s drug control chief on Wednesday.
About a third of heroin produced in Afghanistan enters Russia, a Kremlin official said Saturday.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered the country's Drug Control Agency to complete work on a program for the rehabilitation and reintegration of drug addicts, the Kremlin said Monday.
More than 18 kilograms of heroin have been seized from a group of drug police officers in Siberia, investigators said Thursday.
Russia’s anti-drug agency seized just over 2.6 metric tons of heroin last year, about 20 percent more than in 2012, the agency’s head said Tuesday.
A man driving a car containing more than 45 kilograms of heroin worth about $1.5 million has been arrested and charged in Moscow, Russian officials said Sunday.
A Colombian national was detained at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport carrying a batch of cocaine dissolved in wine, Russia’s customs service said Thursday.
Five drug traffickers in Russia caught smuggling marijuana inside stuffed toys have been punished with prison terms ranging up to nine years, officials said Wednesday.
Time may be running out for a Russian man who is battling an attempt by US authorities to deport him from the United States over drug offenses he committed nearly two decades ago as a teenager, the Wisconsin State Journal reported Wednesday.
Nicaragua’s parliament has allowed Russian and US warships and servicemen to operate in its contested territorial waters to conduct anti-drug missions, local daily La Prensa reports.
Cultivation of opium poppy in Afghanistan has reached a record high this year as farmers seek to take advantage of increased prices to insure against growing instability as international troops withdraw next year, the UN said in a report published Wednesday.
Anti-drug police in Kyrgyzstan seized $2.5 million worth of heroin on its way to Russia, the country’s Interior Ministry said Friday.