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Russian Parliament wants to intensify the fight against drugs








May 30, 2012, Rossiyskaya Gazeta.

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 drug trafficking online. She also suggested that all civil servants, police officers and other “security” professions undergo mandatory drug testing; this would include job applicants.

The participants in the meeting included MPs, government representatives (including the head of FSKN Viktor Ivanov) and public organizations. Ivanov proposed the creation of a Russian Drug Code that would focus on socioeconomic determinants of drug use in addition to law enforcement measures. According to Ivanov, international experience must be taken in consideration when developing the new Code. As a result of the meeting, it was decided to establish a workgroup to develop the Code.

Reacting to these proposals, Rossiyskaya Gazeta notes that mandatory drug testing for security professions has been implemented since a long time, but it is not every effective. To prove this point, the paper mentions the drug problem in the Russian army, including soldiers and officers involved in drug trade.

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