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Molchanova T.V., Solomatina E.A. Criminal drug abuse situation in Moscow

Published in journal "The Union of Criminalists and Criminologists", 2015-3 in rubric "Moscow criminology office", pages 256-264.

Resume: The paper considers criminal drug abuse situation in Moscow, a megalopolis where more than 1000 objects work in the sphere of legal sale of drugs. The majority of such organizations are concentrated in the North, the North-West, the East and the South-East administrative districts of Moscow. The authors study the criminal situation, connected with drug trafficking in Moscow, and outline certain peculiarities, forming this type of crimes. The severity of the drug abuse situation in Moscow is promoted by specific socio-economic, cultural, family, leisure and law enforcement determinants. The research methodology includes the structure-functional, comparative, statistical methods, analysis, the case-and-consequence method and prognostication. The authors study the drug abuse situation in Moscow and conclude about the change of quantitative and qualitative rates of drug-related crimes. Moscow is a favorable territory for criminal activities. This fact is determined by a geographical position of the capital, the presence of various research institutions and fully equipped laboratories, where synthetic drugs can be illegally produced, and a large number of chemists and pharmacologists, who can be forced into this illegal activity. The authors predict the increase of drug trafficking in Moscow and note that this upward trend will be comparable with the number of offenders. The authors also note the upward trend in the distribution and use of synthetic drugs.

Keywords: production, rates, determinants, psychotropic substances, drug trafficking, megalopolis, drug abuse situation, crime, synthetic drugs, crime rate

DOI: 10.7256/2310-8681.2015.3.19254

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