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NATO accused of sheltering Afghan heroin trade
Russia Today, September 24, 2008, 15:21
Since NATO forces invaded Afghanistan, the production of heroin in the
country increased by 2.5 times and Afghanistan has become the world
leader in heroin production. Eighteen tonnes of heroin from Afghanistan
ends up in Russia each year.
Russia at war with heroin
As a result of this war Russia has become one of the main markets for
Afghan opiates, involuntary acknowledged Russian Federal Drugs Control
Service, and drug traffickers are financing terrorist organizations
worldwide, says the Interfax news agency.
The Director of FDCS, Viktor Ivanov, tolds journalists that a drug
addict’s life is limited to 5-7 years from the moment he becomes one.
He also said that those 400,000 drug addicts officially registered in
Russia in 2001 are already dead and the number of new ones is growing by
30% every year. That is why the losses should be regarded as Russia’s
direct casualties in the war that NATO wages on Afghanistan.
“The problem of Afghan opiates has a geopolitical character,” stressed
While in Russia up to 90% of drug addicts depend on Afghan opiates, in
Europe this volume is up to 10%.
Strategic drug trafficking
The head of the FDCS insists that it is not just the Taliban that
manages the heroin traffic but the Afghan governmental and security
services’ officials known by name.
The fact that dozens of high-ranking Afghan officials are known to be
involved in the drug industry means that corrupted authorities work hand
in hand with the Taliban terrorist movement, which in turn means that
NATO military forces support the current Afghan regime.
Within the framework of the Russia-NATO Council Russia is financing and
conducting special training for Afghan police squads dealing with drug
trafficking. Unfortunately, for more than a year not a single Afghan
policeman came to Russia for training which is no wonder considering the
fact that all actions of Afghanistan’s security services should be
sanctioned by the U.S.
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