News in Brief
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- Sep. 17 2008 00:00
Drug Deaths Put at 30,000
As many as 30,000 Russians die every year from drug abuse, Federal Drug Control Service head Viktor Ivanov said Tuesday.
The official figure for drug-related deaths is around 10,000 annually, but unofficial estimates put the number as high as 30,000, Ivanov said, Interfax reported.
As many as 2 million Russians, or nearly 2 percent of the population, are addicted to drugs, Ivanov said.
Ivanov called for new legislation allowing addicts to choose a compulsory treatment program instead of jail, but said prison sentences for drug traffickers should be stiffened. (MT)
Russia May Quit Council
Russia may quit the 47-nation Council of Europe if the credentials of its delegation to the Council's Parliamentary Assembly are suspended, State Duma Deputy Konstantin Kosachyov, the head of the delegation, told Vedomosti.
Twenty-four members of the assembly requested a review of the delegation's credentials because of the war in Georgia last month. (Bloomberg)