Federal Drug Control Service: Russia doesn't transit drugs to Europe

Federal Drug Control Service chief Viktor Ivanov has rejected claims that Russia is a trans-shipping point in the Afghan drug trafficking route to Europe.

"Drugs are not transited to Europe across Russia and such information will not be found at any of the European countries' police services. Those who claim that Russia channels heroine to Europe are mistaken or do not know what the actual situation is like," Ivanov told the press in Moscow on Tuesday.

Russia consumes Afghan heroin, he said, adding that heroin reaches Europe via the so-called Balkan route through Iran, Iraq, Turkey, Bulgaria and the Balkans, through the Mediterranean Sea and through Africa.

"Unfortunately, Russia is a heroin consumer and heroin is distributed here and thinned with powdered chalk, fructose and other substances to doses sold in the streets," Ivanov said.

"As Central Asia has been entangled into drug transit business, too, drugs are prepared for street sales in Central Asian countries already," he said, adding that the FSKN knows of 600 drug laboratories in the Afghan province of Badakhshan.

"According to a UN reports, Badakhshan is an opium-free zone, but the report does not say that 600 drug laboratories are located there," he said.

Ivanov earlier said that Russia is the world's largest consumer of Afghan heroin and that more than 100,000 people die of illnesses linked to drugs each year.

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