Propaganda and illegal advertising of drugs: issues of improving Russian legislation

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The article is devoted a current issue in contemporary Russia: the propaganda and advertising of drugs. One of the priorities of the state today is the fight against drug trafficking, an important component of which is the involvement of minors in the use and distribution of prohibited substances and drugs, including narcotic drugs. Methods of distribution and promotion of drugs are constantly improving and the Internet is the most accessible and popular among them. The drug trade is now fully global, and one of the most common ways to interact and implement its goals of distribution and universal access is the worldwide internet. Today, the internet has a billion registered users of all ages, genders, etc. The internet is an area where the mechanisms of state regulation are far from perfect.

The author analyzes statistical data of registered offenses under article 6.13 of the Administrative Code of the Russian Federation and considers proposals, including legislative initiatives, aimed at implementing the decree of the President of the Russian Federation, which indicates the need to develop strict legal measures to prevent and punish actions aimed at promoting and advertising drugs. The author proposes to make changes to the domestic criminal legislation by adding a new norm providing for punishment for the acts in question. Pro-drug propaganda and advertising are also addressed.


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Olga Yu. Stepanova

Legal department Main Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia in St. Petersburg and the Leningrad region

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PhD in law

Russian Federation, St. Petersburg


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