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.
Despite reports in the United States about the notorious “flesh-eating” Russian street drug “krokodil” or “crocodile” spreading across the country, the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) remains skeptical that it has surfaced in America, according to a story on FoxNews.com.
Over 8 kilograms (about 18 pounds) of marijuana were seized from a police officer in South Russia’s Rostov Region, local investigators said on Saturday.
The head of the Russian police’s anti-narcotics department in southwest Siberia has been arrested for selling heroin, local investigators said Monday.
More than 12 tons of illegal narcotics have been seized over several days in a joint operation by police from six countries of the Collective Security Treaty Organization, Russia's drug control chief said Friday.
The number of drug addicts in Russia is estimated at 8.5 million people, or almost six percent of the total population, a government report said Tuesday.
A Russian fire department official who specialized in teaching colleagues how to operate the fire engine will stand trial for setting up a marijuana grow operation in his garage, investigators said Tuesday.
Russian cocaine pushers have gone bananas, or so it seems.
The Moscow police have reported that among boxes containing upwards of 120 kilos of cocaine, each one contained sheets of paper with special prayers for protection.
About 200 million crimes related to the sale of opiates to users occur every year in Russia, the country’s drug czar said Friday.
Police in Russia’s capital have seized more than 150 kilograms of heroin, worth an estimated $60 million, in the past 10 days, Russia’s drug czar said Thursday.
Officials in the South Caucasus nation of Georgia have confiscated about 230 pounds of heroin from a truck driven by a Turkish citizen across the border from Russia, the Georgian Interior Ministry said Thursday.
Authorities have seized 21 kilograms (46 pounds) of raw opium and more than a kilogram of heroin from an Afghan man who sailed his boat up a river into the Central Asian nation of Uzbekistan, an Uzbek customs official said Sunday.
Russian President Vladimir Putin voiced Russia's concerns on Wednesday over other countries’ initiatives to legalize soft drugs, and the future withdrawal of international forces from Afghanistan, the world's largest heroin producer.
The former head of a Federal Drug Control Service (FSKN) Moscow department detained earlier this week on suspicion of involvement in the drug trade has been put under arrest, the Investigative Committee said on Thursday.
A former head of a Federal Drug Control Service (FSKN) Moscow department has been detained on suspicion of involvement in the drug trade, the Investigative Committee said on Wednesday.