September 16, 2019
 In Opioid Crisis

Country: Russian Federation
Delegate Name: Ethan Hess

The Russian Federation is one of the countries in the world most affected by the opium crisis. The Russian drug issues come from many international sources of drugs, from Afgan heroin and lab-made Chinese drugs to homemade Krokodil. With over 6% of its population being users of injection drugs, Russia is no stranger to the drug crisis the modern world faces and is especially aware that these dangers have been exacerbated by the internet. The majority of Russian drug users get their drugs from dark net sites, getting locations to pick up the stashed drugs from. This digitalization of the drug trade makes cracking down on it even harder. Another major hindrance in Russia’s crusade against drugs is the widespread corruption in its administration. With people ranging from beat cops to high-level administrators working with, or even managing drug trafficking rings. It was corruption like this that caused the dissolution of FSKN and the passing on of its responsibilities to GUKON in 2016.

The Russian Federation also acknowledges the necessity of international cooperation in the fight for an illicit drug-free world. Especially considering the majority of the drugs in Russia come from other nations and the Russian land is far too often used in international smuggling routes. All the United Nations coming together to crack down on the international drug trade has never been more important than it is now, and will only become more of a necessity as more get addicted, and more die each day.

In our upcoming committee, working to prevent drugs from being created, and capturing and destroying those drugs that have been created before they can be introduced into the market is something the Russian Federation hopes to address, both in committee discussion and in resolutions. The Russian Federation hopes to work with fellow delegates on bolstering international strength to crack down on drugs where they are farmed, synthesized, trafficked, and distributed. No single nation could conquer this worldwide crisis, as no one nation’s drug issues are localized. Our drug crises are all intrinsically connected, and to solve this issue, a comprehensive plan is required that encompasses all nations.

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