Original Title: Transnational Drug Trafficking Groups Attempting to Traffic Drugs by Russian Citizens
Global Network Reporter Ren Jie issued a notice on Facebook on the 15th, reminding Russian citizens to be careful of being recruited as drug traffickers by multinational groups overseas, and calling on Russian citizens to remain vigilant and abide by the laws of the arriving country.
According to the Russian news agency, on April 15, the Consular Department of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs wrote on Facebook that day: Recently, the number of cases of Russian citizens detained by foreign law enforcement agencies on suspicion of illegal drug trafficking is increasing. Transnational drug trafficking groups attempt to recruit Russian citizens and use these citizens for drug trafficking. At the same time, they use the most ingenious methods, even spying and intimidation. Recruitment is increasingly done through social networks and instant messaging software.
The Russian Foreign Ministry also said that, on a frequent basis, transnational drug trafficking groups often use Russian citizens to traffick drugs along the route from South America to Southeast Asia.
In this regard, the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs once again warns that it must abide by the laws and customs of the host country, remain vigilant and under no circumstances accept parcels, travel bags, suitcases and other similar items (entrusted by strangers), even if they are empty, they cannot be transported into foreign territory. This is the strategy that drug traffickers often use Russian citizens to smuggle illicit drugs.
In addition, the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs also mentioned that in many countries in the Middle East and Southeast Asia, drug trafficking will face long sentences or life imprisonment, and in some countries may even be sentenced to death. At present, in these countries (the Middle East and Southeast Asian countries), dozens of Russian citizens have been arrested, awaiting trial by the courts or serving sentences for related crimes. In such cases, their rights are difficult to protect. The Russian Foreign Ministry said in its announcement.