With the support of the Philippines, Pakistan and Uzbekistan, Russia is not ready to soften the laws
On 4 December the state Duma with the participation of the UN held the conference “the Parliamentarians against drugs”. It was attended by members from 43 countries; the majority of the delegates came from Central and South Asia — Iran, Pakistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan and the Philippines. The participants complained of Europe, NATO, rejected the trend towards decriminalization of soft drugs and agreed to work on a single law. Open Russia says, what else they talked about the speakers.
Vyacheslav Volodin: we need more responsibility for the drugs
The Chairman of the conference was the speaker of the state Duma Vyacheslav Volodin; he spoke first. Volodin proposed to introduce in Russia more responsibilities for drugs — for example, to increase the punishment for the advertising and promotion of prohibited substances:
“At the same time it is necessary to toughen responsibility for propaganda and advertisement of narcotic means and psychotropic substances. To develop a stable rejection of not only the drug, but all built around the subculture.”
In addition, the speaker drew attention to the distribution of drugs via instant messenger and told “flexibly” to respond to this question — for example, through pre-trial blocking:
“Drug dealers are switching to anonymous messengers and modern payment system. Here we need to exercise speed and flexibility in decision making. In the Russian Federation there are already relevant legislative acts to counter the propaganda of drug use in the media and social networks. In particular, in accordance with their rules, possible pre-trial blocking of appropriate resources.”
Volodin also complained about countries that legalize soft drugs, and proposed to counter this by creating common “model” legislation:
“We must proceed from the principle of joint and equal responsibility between countries. It is necessary to analyze the legislation so that in the future it is possible to avoid a situation when one country changing its laws creates difficulties and problems in neighbouring countries. This relates primarily to the liberalization and legalization of the so-called “light” drugs.”
Finally, the speaker complained about the Alliance — in his opinion, NATO is not well fighting drugs in Afghanistan:
“Our colleagues in Congress know how to give tips, recipes, how to do it, but I wish in this case they explain what they are doing in this direction [the destruction of drug laboratories in Afghanistan]. But we don’t see in any of our hall of representatives, U.S. Senate. Either they have nothing to say, or they are ashamed of what is happening.”
Sergey Lavrov: normalisatie is a disaster
The conference was also addressed by Minister for foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov. A transcript of his speech published the website of the foreign Ministry. Lavrov compared the drugs with terrorism and proposed a “creative” approach to solving problems:
“The diversity of new psychoactive substances and their mass entry into the market dictate the need for the international community in solidarity and creative approach in order to find effective antidotes. Reality has become a patchwork of drug trafficking with terrorism through drug money feeds and strengthens their deadly potential. Accordingly, the drug money to undermine international security and stability.”
Lavrov also said that people who favor liberalization of drug laws, offering to surrender the “international drug trafficking”:
“In the face of these problems, we cannot agree with those who propose to give up under the pressure of international drug crime, wave the white flag and open the gates before the total normalisatie. Such an approach is fraught with disaster on an unprecedented scale. We commend the law enforcement officers, who often risk life get in the way of narcocriminality. It is necessary to further increase their cooperation, strengthen the exchange of operational information, improve their technical equipment”.
Gennady Zyuganov: the main drug is Russophobia and the economy
Don’t miss the opportunity to convey their views on drug policy and 73-year-old head of the Communist party faction in the state Duma Gennady Zyuganov; his speech leads the website of the party. So, the Deputy told the audience his theory about drugs in Russia:
“I believe that our country has fallen three types of drugs. First and foremost is economic drug. We for ten years have argued that the free market will regulate everything. The result of the free market killed 80 thousand enterprises, has generated mass unemployment and mass poverty, which until recently was not.
The second drug is Russophobia and anti-Sovietism. This so-called soft power, which today has evolved into the hard power of sanctions. And which threatens including large military dangers. And the third drug — poisons physiologically medical. I wish we have these three perils considered together.”
Vladimir Zhirinovsky: drugs to blame Europe and the color revolutions
The permanent leader of LDPR in the state Duma Vladimir Zhirinovsky said that the drugs of Europe and the color revolutions:
“Let’s stop all the revolution and war! They are drugs, which are used by poor people <…> once in the region there is a war or revolution, dramatically increasing drug use. Who organized the color revolutions across the planet?! Europe! And we all know how it all ended”.
United Russia: we will never legalize drugs
From the party that occupies in the state Duma the constitutional majority, was made the head of the faction “United Russia” Sergei Neverov, the Chairman of the Committee for security and combating corruption Vasily Piskarev. Both speakers said that in the near future, no softening of drug policy is not expected. So, Neverov said that the liberal approach to the proliferation of non-medical drugs “will inevitably lead the country to ruin”:
“We, in Russia, have consistently advocated the inadmissibility of legalization of non-medical use of drugs of any form. Despite different political views, in this matter we are one.”
Piskarev has compared illegal substances with terrorism and extremism and call suggestions for mitigating the laws with the threat of life and health of citizens:
“There is a patchwork of drug trafficking, terrorism and extremism, and on this background there are proposals to legalize drugs or to liberalize drug laws, and this is a direct threat to the life and health of our citizens, the security of society and the state. Therefore, parliamentarians intend to combine their efforts and present a United front against the drug threat and drug aggression”
Nikita Lushnikov: we will create an international platform for drug
The only speaker of Russian NGOs was the head of the National anti-drug Union Nikita Lushnikov. He proposed to create an international platform World Without Drugs and advised the world to prepare for a “flood of drugs”:
“The world society urgently need to prepare for the shaft of a variety of drugs, not to complain about then a huge number of consequences of narcomedusae. We see a worsening drug situation in Central Asia and the middle East. To date, dominated by synthetics”.
NGOs, led by Lushnikova aims “protivodeistvie the spread of drug abuse and drug crime in Russia.” About their views on drugs and drug policy can be seen in the texts posted on their website in the “Publications” section. For example, they claim that any drug would kill a person and cause addiction after one dose:
“The drug addict may use violence, fall into a rage when he doesn’t get his dose. Promotes the formation of psychosis. Such a man is dangerous not only for themselves but also for others”.
In addition, they claim that “marijuana can damage DNA”, “to cause cancer and mental illness and even five times more dangerous than LSD”. The website also gives advice on how to calculate a drug user among their friends or what to do, “the child did not become an addict”. Among the proposed steps, for example:
“Show that you are disappointed in him. He was killed in you all hopes and expectations. As a rule, children after these words, want to prove the opposite. This, of course, will not save you from addiction, but the child will try to become better, which may influence his decision to be treated.
Tell me what you’re willing to take the following measures if it does not start up: expel of the apartment (CIW), will not leave a legacy, will cease to give money. Nobody wants to live on the street! This should be an incentive to think again.”
The NAC also advises “to take to support their child, wherever he went,” and to control it, accompanying it “the constant brainwashing”.