Ahead of a key meeting, Russia is driving global drug policy into the ground

The Russian government is out of step with the world on drug policy — and it’s working to perpetuate failed policies of the past
The Huffington Post (US)
Wednesday, April 13, 2016

As the first major global meeting on drug policy in two decades approaches, Russia is quietly emerging as a powerful force working to perpetuate the war on drugs in the face of growing weariness with the quagmire worldwide. Later in April, the United Nations will convene a special session on drug policy aimed at shaping the global approach in the decades to come. Key nations convened last month in Vienna to move the negotiations forward ahead of the gathering, and Russia threw up roadblocks at every opportunity. (See also: Just Say Nyet | Russian drug policies fuel Europe’s worst HIV pidemic)