FDCS Head: "the Service worked and will keep working"

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Viktor Ivanov answered the question about the possible abolition of the Service

Director of the Federal Drug Control Service of Russia (FDCS) Viktor Ivanov said that the agency will continue to work.

"In five years FDCS has eliminated 327 illegal communities, and all the other law enforcement agencies - 20. We contribute a lot to the fight against this phenomenon. FDCS worked and will keep working," said Ivanov answering the question about the possible abolition of the Service.

"We are not afraid of downsizing, we aware of the possibilities of our budget, and the difficulties that all the structures face. We all have to save," said Ivanov.

On February 13 the newspaper "Izvestia" reported that a draft decree on the abolition of the Russian Federal Drug Control Service (FDCS) would be submitted to the office of the head of the government from the state legal division of the President in February.

Previously Ivanov noted that it had been planned to downsize FDCS, but not eliminate it. He stressed that the functions of the Service wouldn`t be transferred to the other ministries.

Information on possible abolition of the Service

The site of the newspaper "Vedomosti" reported earlier that the authorities discussed the possibility to abolish FDCS as an independent body and transfer part of its personnel to the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

The newspaper refers to "a source close to the Ministry of Internal Affairs."

FDCS refused to comment on this information.

"We are not authorized to comment on the information on FDCS abolition," said a spokesperson for FDCS to TASS.

However, he expressed an opinion that "a campaign to discredit FDCS has been deliberately conducted in recent years."

"The results of what FDCS does are available on its official website, anyone can assess the effectiveness of its work," the source said.

WHAT IS FDCS

On September 24, 2002 the State Committee for Combat the Illicit Trafficking in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances under the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation was established. On March 11, 2003 it was transformed into the State Committee of the Russian Federation to Monitor the Trafficking of Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (The Russian Federal Drug Control Service). A year later, the Russian Federal Drug Control Service was renamed the Federal Service for the control of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances. On July 28, 2004 the Service got a new name - the Russian Federal Service for Drug Control.

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