In this reflection of the impact of the Russia-Kazakhstan border on the penetration of heroin on the Russian market ― the largest in Europe ―, the author tries to respond to what role should border areas play in Russia’s anti-narcotic policy. Considering that 50% or more of drug-related activities are concentrated in about twenty major Russian cities, and that the structure of drug-trafficking through Russia’s borders assumes many forms and units, S. Golunov also observes that the redistribution of the lion’s share of funding for national anti-narcotics policy in favour of militarised structures does not engender proportional results. Taking into account the apparent low effectiveness of restrictive measures, he suggests that Russian anti-narcotics policy emphasise social outcomes, considering the experience of the EU and other countries.

The Redaction
CER: II-7.1-562