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Fight against drug smuggling into Russia worsens

September 27, 2013, 11:48 UTC+3

The activity towards blocking drug smuggling channels “leaves much to be desired”, Russia’s Prosecutor General Yuri Chaika said

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MOSCOW, September 27 (Itar-Tass) - Russia’s Prosecutor General Yuri Chaika criticized on Friday the situation in fight against the smuggling of drugs into Russia.

The activity towards blocking drug smuggling channels “leaves much to be desired,” he told a gathering of heads of law enforcement agencies.

According to Chaika, the efficiency of border protection institutions is low, as a meager five percent of the total amount of drugs seized in the country is seized directly at border entry points. Meanwhile, drug smuggling “from territories of foreign countries is not declining,” Chaika stressed.

He also said the investigation of criminal cases related to drug smuggling was ineffective. In the first six months of this year less than one third of 853 drug smuggling crimes (261) were solved. A total of 296 criminal cases have been suspended as the guilty parties were not established. The situation is much worse than in 2012.

Chaika reminded the session that “today Russia is a vast sales market and a convenient transit route for the international drug business. Transnational criminal groups are involved in organizing supply channels and major drug trafficking networks.

“The law enforcement system must put a safe and adequate barrier to this threat. This can be achieved only through coordinated work of all agencies,” the prosecutor general said. 

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