Saying that the majority of heroin destined for European markets transits his country, Russian drug czar Victor Cherkesov last week declared war on the "barons" of heroin who, he said, form an international drug trafficking network stretching from the poppy fields of Afghanistan to the mean streets of Europe. Cherkesov, head of the recently created Committee of Struggle Against the Drug Trade, called for "new measures" to rein in the explosion of trafficking-related delinquency in the post-Soviet era.

In a speech to the Duma last week, Cherkesov explained that a new strategy was necessary because "current measures against drug trafficking and drug addiction have no effect." Police spend their time pursuing low-level dealers and users while the "big fish" get away, he said.

He did not tell the Duma what new measures he had in mind.

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Saying that the majority of heroin destined for European markets transits his country, Russian drug czar Victor Cherkesov last week declared war on the "barons" of heroin who, he said, form an international drug trafficking network stretching from the poppy fields of Afghanistan to the mean streets of Europe. Cherkesov, head of the recently created Committee of Struggle Against the Drug Trade, called for "new measures" to rein in the explosion of trafficking-related delinquency in the post-Soviet era.

In a speech to the Duma last week, Cherkesov explained that a new strategy was necessary because "current measures against drug trafficking and drug addiction have no effect." Police spend their time pursuing low-level dealers and users while the "big fish" get away, he said.

He did not tell the Duma what new measures he had in mind.

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