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The Issue of Narcomania in Russia: National Security vs. Civil Society

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The complex of issues related to the illicit production, distribution, and consumption of drugs is one of the most serious challenges for Russia. The scale of this challenge is comparable to other neglected problems, such as high mortality resulting from alcoholism, poor medical care, and traffic accidents. The number of drug addicts, however, appears to be increasing at a faster and steadier pace than the number of victims of comparable maladies. And while the importance of the drug problem in Russia is clear, the strategy to solve it is not. The key element of such a strategy should focus either on increasing the power of security and police forces or on developing civil society mechanisms to reduce drug demand. [...]

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Lead Researcher, Peace and Conflict Studies
Institute of World Economy & International Relations (IMEMO), Moscow