The number of drug addicts in Russia has increased by 9 times over the last ten years.
3,000 foreigners were arrested for drug trafficking in Russia in 2006. The locations where the drug traffickers were from were Tajikistan, Ukraine, and Azerbaijan.
In 2008, there were 517,389 registered drug abusers in Russia. Other estimates have placed the total number of drug users in Russia as high as 4 million.
90 percent of the opiates smuggled on to the black market in Russia originated from Afghanistan.
Piracy in Russia in 2007 caused losses in excess of $1.4 Billion for US copyright industries, such as movies, music and books.
Human trafficking in Russia has moved an estimated 500,000 to 850,000 women out of the country between 1995 and 2005. Human Trafficking Expert Louis Shelley writes “many of these women, however, went abroad to work in a variety of difficult labor situations and only a much smaller share went directly into the sex industry.”
According to the Russian News and Information Agency, “Russian customs bodies uncovered 1,628 cases of counterfeit goods in 2006, up four-fold from 390 cases in 2005.”
Counterfeit goods in Russia account for 15 to 17 percent of the total Russian consumer market.
Piracy in Russia has caused losses in excess of $2.1 Billion in 2006 to United States movie, music and other content industries.
$400 Million in pirated music discs were sold in Russia in 2006. Music piracy accounts for two-thirds of the music CD market in Russia.