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Book chapter

Reassessing the ‘Drug-Free’ Country: Drug Abuse, the Soviet State, and Contemporary Russian Drug Policy

P. 133-149.

Rebuking the common views of the Soviet Union as an ideal model of a drug-free society, this paper seeks to provide a fresh, challenging and stimulating account on drug abuse, drug treatment and drug policy in the Soviet Union. Shattering the common notion that 'there were no drugs in the Soviet Union', the paper improves our understanding of Russia's socialist past and also argues for the discarding of obsolete concepts that still tend to greatly influence contemporary Russian drug policy.