Sergey Golunov

2005-06 International Policy Fellow
Combating Organized Crime working group


The paper focuses on the issue of transboundary drug-trafficking through Russia's post-Soviet borders, including such key features as its geographical directions, the spread of illicit drugs in the regions of Russia and its neighbor post-Soviet states, the organization and mechanisms of drug smuggling. The adequacy of Russian anti-narcotic policy is estimated on the basis of an analysis of qualitative and quantitative information, including statistical data for the period 1999-2005, expert assessments, and the results of event-analysis (of the cases of discovered attempts of drug smuggling) for the same period.

The proposed recommendations are grounded in research results and, in the final part of the paper, corresponding foreign experience is considered.