About 300 tons of drugs are smuggled into Russia from Afghanistan annually, with only about 5% of that quantity confiscated on the border. These figures were mentioned by Boris Gryzlov, Russia's Interior Minister, in the Russian Parliament on Wednesday. Russia has become a real titbit for the drug barons, for it not only consumes drugs itself, but is also a trans-shipment point for the transit of drugs to the West, said the minister. He said that there are currently 451,000 officially registered drug-addicts in the country, whereas experts believe that their actual number is as high as three million. The Minister came out for intensifying criminal responsibility for drug-trafficking in Russia and for increasing the financing of interior bodies who are directly involved in combating the spread of drugs.
Russian President Vladimir Putin got the West worried again by signing Decree No. 915. The news did not produce any public effect in Russia