Enjoying ad-free content?
Since July 1, 2024, we have disabled all ads to improve your reading experience.
This commitment costs us $10,000 a month. Your support can help us fill the gap.
Support us
Our journalism is banned in Russia. We need your help to keep providing you with the truth.

'Color Revolutions' Funded by Drug Profits, Says Russian Anti-Drugs Official

"Color revolutions" of the kind that toppled Ukraine's previous pro-Russian president last year are financed by the proceeds of selling drugs, a Russian anti-drug official was cited as saying Tuesday by Interfax.

Vladimir Kalanda, deputy head of the Federal Drug Control Service (FSKN), also accused "sectarian" nongovernmental organizations ostensibly involved in drug rehabilitation efforts of being among the most active participants of the Maidan movement that spearheaded Ukraine's revolution, adding that they now make up the "shock troops" of the Ukrainian army, the news agency reported.

The connection between the purported funding from drug sales and the involvement of drug rehabilitation activists was not immediately clear.

Kalanda's claims echoed those made by his boss, FSKN head Viktor Ivanov, in December last year.

Ivanov claimed that the Ukrainian revolution was enacted by brainwashed methadone addicts— products of UN-endorsed methadone replacement therapy, which Russia has condemned as a form of drug addiction.

The FSKN also accused Ukraine in February of organizing drug cartels to generate funding for the war against pro-Russian separatists, blaming the same cartels for the proliferation of lethal synthetic drugs in Russia.

"Color revolutions" is the term given to the generally peaceful large-scale anti-government demonstrations and uprisings that have taken place in former Soviet countries including Ukraine and Georgia.

The Kremlin has repeatedly said that foreign forces seeking to foment a color revolution in Russia are a threat to the country's stability.

President Vladimir Putin said at a Security Council meeting in November that color revolutions in the former Soviet Union should serve as a "lesson and warning" and that everything should be done to prevent one from occurring in Russia.

… we have a small favor to ask. As you may have heard, The Moscow Times, an independent news source for over 30 years, has been unjustly branded as a "foreign agent" by the Russian government. This blatant attempt to silence our voice is a direct assault on the integrity of journalism and the values we hold dear.

We, the journalists of The Moscow Times, refuse to be silenced. Our commitment to providing accurate and unbiased reporting on Russia remains unshaken. But we need your help to continue our critical mission.

Your support, no matter how small, makes a world of difference. If you can, please support us monthly starting from just $2. It's quick to set up, and you can be confident that you're making a significant impact every month by supporting open, independent journalism. Thank you.

paiment methods
Not ready to support today?
Remind me later.

Read more