While Russia is rejoicing over the successful failure of the constitutional amendments vote to the accompaniment of deafening falsifications, the New York Times releases another piece of incriminating evidence against the Kremlin over bounties paid to Taliban for terrorist attacks on U.S. troops in Afghanistan.
It was very interesting to see the identity disclosed of the main intermediary between the Russian security forces and the Afghan terrorists with the Taliban movement. And, strangely enough, this turned out to be drug smuggler Rahmat Azizi, who the U.S. intelligence says played a key role in mediation between the GRU and the Taliban.
As the totalitarian USSR morphed into the Russian Federation, nothing has changed. Russian security operatives still control drug trafficking, remaining drug dealers’ handlers.
Today, this tandem of the Russian special services and drug trafficking allows 400 tonnes of heroin to be annually transported from Afghanistan to Russia through Tajikistan alone.
Drug trafficking brings profit no lower than that off of oil or gas, which is now becoming more unprofitable for the Russian state. For example, a 3.5 increase in drug use in Russia since 2011 allowed increasing the annual turnover up to $60 billion. Almost a third of these funds goes to finance Kremlin revanchist projects in Ukraine, Georgia, Venezuela, Syria, Libya, etc.