- Russia has been complaining that the U.S. hasn’t been fighting the drug war hard enough.
- Harm reduction organizations complain that Russia focuses solely on punitive enforcement measures and forcing sudden abstinence, to the detriment of the health and lives of drug users and addicts. Russia responds that it doesn’t consider harm reduction methods to be valid.
- Russia’s Yury Fedotov was named Executive Director of the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
- The Russian Federation pledges US$7 million in voluntary funding to the UNODC now with annual contributions of $2 million starting this year.
You do the math.
Gee, I wonder how open the UNODC will be toward harm reduction?