Andrey Rylkov Foundation
for Health and Social Justice

Posts with tag «drug-trade» 

June 1st, 2012

As of June 1, 2012, over-the-counter sales of medical drugs that contain codeine (pentalgin, nurofen, solpadeine, etc.) are banned in Russia. Those drugs are used to produce desomorphine (Krokodil), a home-made opioid. According to Evgeny Roizman, Russia's large-scale Krokodil epidemic has largely resulted from the government's inaction. Human rights activists do not think the new regulation will have a positive effect.

June 1st, 2012

At a recent parliamentary hearing on the drug problem in Russia, Irina Yarovaya, head of the State Duma Committee on Security, called the Internet the “main supplier of drug related information” and suggested strengthening the fight against drugs online. She also suggested that all civil servants, police officers and other “security” professions undergo mandatory drug testing; this includes job applicants.

March 9th, 2012

EHRN’s report “Drug Dealers, Drug Lords and Drug Warriors-cum-Traffickers: Drug Crime and the Narcotics Market in Tajikistan” presents research on the role played by the police, petty drug dealers and users in the street level drug trade in Tajikistan. Synthesizing information received from interviews with individual Tajik drug users, as well as lesser-known studies by local researchers, the study brings to light a number of interesting details of the street level drug trade in Tajikistan and discusses their implications for drug policies in the Central Asian region as a whole. This research likewise illustrates the shocking state of corruption in Tajik law enforcement agencies and penitentiary facilities whereby police and prison officers directly facilitate the distribution of drugs. At the heart of this study are the upperworld-underworld nexus and a crucial transformation of the representatives of the state organs of power from “drug warriors” into “drug traffickers.”

December 12th, 2011

The leaking of US embassy cables by the website WikiLeaks last year proved to be one of the most astonishing stories in recent memory. The murky world of international diplomacy was revealed to all, as readers were granted access to the private communications of embassy staff. Many of these cables, which were never meant for […]