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Russia: Anti-Drug Trafficking Light Goes on in the Kremlin, but It’s Low Wattage

Russia has made a sudden shift when it comes to combatting narcotics trafficking in Afghanistan. For years, Russian officials saw US involvement in Central Asia as a greater national security threat than Afghan drugs. But now, with addiction taking a huge social toll in Russia, the Kremlin is getting behind anti-trafficking plans, even if Russian officials remain leery of cooperating with the United States.

Russia is currently experiencing a demographic crisis of unprecedented proportions. The three demons of Russia’s social apocalypse are alcohol, heart disease and drugs.

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Stephen Blank is a professor at the US Army War College. The views expressed this article do not in any way represent the views of the US Army, Defense Department or the US Government.

Russia: Anti-Drug Trafficking Light Goes on in the Kremlin, but It’s Low Wattage

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