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Central Asia: Cold-War Attitudes Hindering Drug War

Russia is dragging its feet on cooperation with the US to stem drug trafficking from Afghanistan, despite its alarming addiction rates. (Photo: Petty Officer 1st Class Monica R. Nelson/US Navy)

Narcotics use is wreaking havoc in Russia, responsible for 30,000 annual deaths and 200 new HIV infections every day. But Vladimir Putin’s Kremlin is letting knee-jerk hostility toward the United States cloud its response to the drug-trafficking crisis.

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Chris Rickleton is a Bishkek-based journalist.

Central Asia: Cold-War Attitudes Hindering Drug War

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