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    Struggle against drug trafficking

    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.