09 Jun '11, 3am

Russia declares 'total war on drugs': RUSSIA - Drug dealers are to be "treated like serial killers" and could be...

RUSSIA - Drug dealers are to be "treated like serial killers" and could be sent to forced labour camps under harsh laws being drawn up by Russia's Kremlin-controlled Parliament. Mr Boris Gryzlov, the Speaker of the state duma, the lower house, said a "total war on drugs" was needed to stem a soaring abuse rate driven by the flow of Afghan heroin through central Asia to Europe. Russia has as many as 6 million addicts - one in 25 people. Every year 100,000 people die from using drugs, Mr Gryzlov said in a newspaper. The scale of the problem "threatens Russia's gene pool", he said. "We are standing on the edge of a precipice. Either we squash drug addiction or it will destroy us." This year, President Dmitry Medvedev said drug abuse was cutting up to 3 percentage points off economic growth. Under legislation promoted by the ruling United Russia party and now being reviewed in...

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