Talking Drugs Updates from Eastern Europe and Central Asia [February 2021]

Source: МК.ru
  1. BELARUS: How did Covid-19 impact the drug market in Belarus? Check out survey results published by Legalize Belarus here (Rus).
  2. PODCAST: “Women and Drug Policy” with Anya Sarang from the Andrey Rylkov Foundation sheds light on the new apartheid created by the war on drugs, exploring gender-sensitive approaches to psychoactive substances. Listen to the FemTalks podcast here (Rus).
  3. VIDEO SERIES: A documentary video series called “Good People” aired its first episode, an interview with Aleksey Lakhov, an outreach worker from St.Petersburg and member of the NGO “Humanitarian Action”. Watch the series, produced by DUNews studio, here (Rus).
  4. RUSSIA: Despite Russia’s war on drugs, the illicit market isn’t going anywhere. Journalist Aleksandr Delphinov explores the punitive frameworks of Russian drug policy. (Rus).
  5. UKRAINE: “When marijuana is legalized, it will be ten times more expensive” — Ukraine’s Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, Oleksandr Gogilashvili, interviewed by Babel media (Rus).
  6. DOCUMENTARY: The Fight Against Drugs in Russia — available to watch here (Rus). 
  7. RUSSIA: Hypnosis, detoxing and casting spells to get overcome heroin dependency — a story of drug treatment in Russia by Novaya Gazeta (Rus).
  8. UKRAINE: A school boy has been sentenced to 6 years in prison for possession of 11 grams of marijuana. Local police have been accused of abusing their authority. Read more at BBC Ukraine (Ukr). 
  9. EURASIAN HARM REDUCTION ASSOCIATION: a newly published series of educational podcasts for paralegals working with people who use drugs is available to view here (Eng).
  10. CANNABIS CHEWING GUM: An interview with the owner of Wrigley’s chewing gum company about his plans to develop cannabis production has been published by Forbes magazine. (Rus).