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Police Fired In Russia Over Drugs

St. Petersburg’s police chief says about 100 police officers in Russia’s second city have been fired for failing tests for drugs.

Chief Sergei Umnov made the announcement to the regional legislature on October 31.

Amid what’s described as a narcotics abuse crisis in Russia, drug tests of police officers have been made mandatory.

Russia's Federal Narcotics Control Service (FNCS) reported earlier this year that more than 5 million drug addicts live in Russia, and approximately 100,000 people die of narcotics-related causes every year.

The AFP news agency quotes a police spokesman as saying nearly 30,000 police are employed in St. Petersburg and the surrounding northwestern region of Russia.

Based on reporting from Interfax, ITAR-TASS, dpa and AFP