Newsbrief: Putin to Create Russian DEA 9/27/02

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Russian President Vladimir Putin announced Monday that he would create a specialized narcotics enforcement service similar to the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to head off a looming "social catastrophe," the Spanish press agency ANSA reported this week. The announcement came at a cabinet meeting called to deal with Russia's increasing levels of drug use and ever-worsening rate of HIV/AIDS infection, much of it related to injection drug use.

Putin put the number of "drug addicts" at around three million, or 2% of the population, adding that many of them are youthful. He also said that "narcomafias" are prospering and have developed dramatically since 1995. "In those years, the country confronted radical changes in a very brief period of time," leading to tears in the Russian social fabric and leaving a space for criminality to flourish, Putin said. "Drug traffickers took advantage of a period of instability and weakening of the state," he added.

Putin did not reveal how a new anti-drug enforcement agency would reduce the black market profits that have made drug trafficking organizations wealthy.

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