• Criminal Code of Russian Federation (may be a little out of date, one large change, I beleive, introducing higer penalties for crimes committed through communication networks, like Internet for example, is not in this version). Bold font by me, to highlight important points. [Note: Bracketed comments by me, regarding actual practices and applications]

    A fascinating read any day 😉

    Chapter 25. Crimes Against Human Health and Public Morality

    Article 228. Illegal Acquisition, Storage, Transportation, Making or Processing of Narcotic Drugs, Psychotropic Substances or Analogues Thereof, as Well as Illegal Acquisition, Storage and Transportation of Plants Containing Narcotics or Psychotropic Substances, or Parts Thereof Containing Narcotics or Psychotropic Substances.

    [Note: It’s illegal to ACQUIRE drugs. But not illegal to CONSUME. Of course, consumption implies acquisition, but acquisition needs to be proven separately – you can always say that someone treated you to a drug, so it wasn’t yours. Generally the police doesn’t bother though – it’s much easier to prosecute for Storage and Transportation, as even having some in your pocket qualifies with ample material evidence]

    1. Illegal acquisition, storage, transportation, making or processing of narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances or analogues thereof on a large scale, as well as illegal acquisition, storage and transportation without the purpose of selling plants containing narcotics or psychotropic substances, or parts thereof containing narcotics or psychotropic substances on a large scale, without the purpose of saleShall be punishable with a fine in an amount of up to 40 thousand roubles [laughable], or in the amount of the wage or salary, or any other income of the convicted person for a period of up to three months [basically never used], or by compulsory works for a term of up to 480 hours [compulsory works are really easy – you live at home, just need to turn up for work on weekdays; work is typically simple unqualified jobs like sweeping streets or cleaning building walls], or by corrective labour for a term of up to two years [that’s toughrer – you live uder much more control], or by restriction of liberty for a term of up to three years [that’s essentilly on parole under some restrictions, but living at home], or by deprivation of liberty for the same term [that’s a prison sentence].
    2. The same deeds committed on an especially large scale – Shall be punishable by deprivation of liberty for a term of three to 10 years with or without a fine in an amount of up to 500 thousand roubles or in the amount of the wage or salary, or any other income of the convicted person for a period of up to three years.
    3. A person guilty of the crime provided for by this Article who has handed in narcotics, psychotropic substances or their analogues, plants containing narcotics or psychotropic substances or parts thereof containing narcotics or psychotropic substances of his/her own free will and who has actively contributed to the uncovering and suppression of crimes connected with the illegal traffic in narcotics, psychotropic substances or their analogues, as well as connected with illegal acquisition, storage and transportation of such plants or parts thereof containing narcotics or psychotropic substances, to the exposure of persons who have committed the crimes, or the discovery of property obtained in a criminal way, shall be released from criminal liability for the given crime. No to be deemed as the voluntary giving of narcotics, psychotropic substances or their analogues, as well as plants containing narcotics or psychotropic substances or parts thereof containing narcotics or psychotropic substances, the seizure of said drugs, substances or their analogues, as well as plants containing narcotics or psychotropic substances or parts thereof containing narcotics or psychotropic substances, when detaining a person and also when committing investigative actions aimed at the detection and seizure of the cited narcotics, psychotropic substances or their analogues, as well as such plants or parts thereof containing narcotics or psychotropic substances.

    [Note: This essentially means that unless you came to the police before they even knew you existed, this part does not apply to you. Helping AFTER you’ve been caught does not allow to apply this point.]

    Article 228.1. Illegal Making, Sale or Dispatch of Narcotic Drugs, Psychotropic Substances or Analogues Thereof, as Well as Illegal Sale or Dispatch of Plants Containing Narcotics or Psychotropic Substances, or Parts Thereof Containing Narcotics or Psychotropic Substances

    1. Illegal making, sale or dispatch of narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances or analogues thereof, as well as illegal sale or dispatch of plants containing narcotics or psychotropic substances or parts thereof containing narcotics or psychotropic substances, – shall be punishable by deprivation of liberty for a term of four to eight years with restriction of liberty for a term of up to one year or without such.
    2. The same deeds committed: a) by a group of persons by previous concert; b) on a large scale, shall be punishable by a deprivation of liberty for a term of five to 12 years with or without a fine in an amount of up to 500 thousand roubles or in the amount of the wage or salary, or any other income of the convicted person for a period of up to three years and [that means addtionally to the above] with restriction of liberty for a term of up to two years or without such.
    3. The deeds provided for by Parts One and Two of this Article which are committed: a) by an organised group; b) by a person through his official position; c) by a person who has reached the age of eighteen years with respect to a minor; d) on an especially large scale – Shall be punishable by a deprivation of liberty for a term of eight to 20 years with or without deprivation of the right to hold certain posts or to be engaged in a certain activity for a period of up to twenty years and with or without a fine in an amount of up to one million roubles or in the amount of the wage or salary, or any other income of the convicted person for a period of up to five years.

    Article 228.2. Violating the Rules of Turnover of Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances

    1. Violating the rules of production, making, processing, storage, registration, serving, sale, distribution, transportation, sending, acquisition, use, importation, exportation or elimination of narcotics, or psychotropic substances, or precursors thereof, tools or equipment used for making narcotics or psychotropic substances which are under special control, entailing their loss, violation of the rules for cultivation of plants containing narcotics, or psychotropic substances, or precursors thereof, for their use for scientific and educational purposes and also in expert activities, as well as violating the rules for storage, registration, sale, transportation, acquisition, use, importation, exportation or elimination of plants containing narcotics, or psychotropic substances, or precursors thereof and of their parts containing narcotics, or psychotropic substances, or precursors thereof, this entailing the loss of such plants or parts thereof, if this deed has been committed by a person in charge of observing said rules – Shall be punishable with a fine in an amount of up to 120 thousand roubles or in the amount of the wage or salary, or any other income of the convicted person for a period of up to one year, or by compulsory works for a term of up to 360 hours, with or without deprivation of the right to hold specified offices or to engage in specified activities for a term of up three years.
    2. The same deed committed with mercenary motives or entailing the infliction through negligence of injury on human health or other grave consequences – Shall be punishable with a fine in an amount of 100 to 300 thousand roubles or in the amount of the wage or salary, or any other income of the convicted person for a period of one to two years, or by compulsory works for a term of up to 480 hours, or by restriction of liberty for a term of up to three years, or by deprivation of liberty for the same term with deprivation of the right to hold specified offices or to engage in specified activities for a term of up to three years.

    Article 229. Stealing or Exportation of Narcotic Drugs or Psychotropic Substances, as Well as Plants Containing Narcotics or Psychotropic Substances, or Parts Thereof Containing Narcotics or Psychotropic Substances

    1. Stealing or exportation of narcotic drugs or psychotropic substances, as well as of plants containing narcotics or psychotropic substances, or parts thereof containing narcotics or psychotropic substances, shall be punishable by deprivation of liberty for a term of three to seven years.
    2. The same deeds committed: a) by a group of persons by previous concert; b) by a person through his official position; c) with the use of violence, but without danger to human life or health, or with the threat of using such violence, Shall be punishable by deprivation of liberty for a term of six to ten years, with or without a fine in an amount of up 500 thousand roubles or in the amount of the wage or salary, or any other income of the convicted person for a period of up to three years and with restriction of liberty for a term of up to one year or without such.
    3. Deeds stipulated in the first or second part of this Article, if they are committed: a) by an organised group; b) in respect of large amounts of narcotic drugs or psychotropic substances, as well as of plants containing narcotics or psychotropic substances or parts thereof containing narcotics or psychotropic substances; c) with the use of violence endangering human life or health, or with the threat of using such violence, Shall be punishable by deprivation of liberty for a term of eight to fifteen years, with or without a fine in an amount of up to 500 thousand roubles or in the amount of the wage or salary, or any other income of the convicted person for a period of up to three years and with restriction of liberty for a term of up to two years or without such.

    Article 229.1. Smuggling Narcotic Agents, Psychotropic Substances, Precursors and Analogues Thereof, Plants Containing Narcotic Agents, Psychotropic Substances or Their Precursors, or Parts Thereof Containing Narcotic Agents, Psychotropic Substances or Their Precursors, Instruments or Equipment Which Are under Special Control and Are Used for Making Narcotic Agents or Psychotropic Substances

    1. Unlawful movement across the customs border of the Customs Union within the framework of the Eurasian Economic Community or across the State Border of the Russian Federation with member states of the Customs Union within the framework of the Eurasian Economic Community of narcotic agents, psychotropic substances, precursors and analogues thereof, plants containing narcotic agents, psychotropic substances or their precursors, or parts thereof containing narcotic agents, psychotropic substances or their precursors, instruments or equipment which are under special control and are used for making narcotic agents or psychotropic substances – shall be punishable by deprivation of liberty for a term of three to seven years with a fine in the amount of up to one million roubles or in the amount of a wage/salary or other income of the convicted person for a period of up to five years or without such and with restraint of liberty for a term of up to one year or without such.
    2. The same deed made: a) by a group of persons by previous concert; b) by an official through the use of the official position thereof; c) in respect of narcotic agents, psychotropic substances or their analogues, plants containing narcotic agents, psychotropic substances or their parts containing narcotic agents or psychotropic substances on a large scale – shall be punishable by deprivation of liberty for a term of five to ten years with a fine in the amount of up to one million roubles or in the amount of a wage/salary or other income of the convicted person for a period of up to five years or without such and with restraint of liberty for a term of up to a year and a half or without such. Federal Law No. 18-FZ of March 1, 2012 suspended operation of Part Three of Article 229.1 of this Code in respect of precursors of narcotic drugs or psychotropic substan
    3. The deeds provided for by Parts One or Two of this article made: a) by an organised group; b) with the use of violence in respect of the person exercising customs or border control – shall be punishable by deprivation of liberty for a term of fifteen to twenty years with a fine in the amount of up to one million roubles or in the amount of a wage/salary or other income of the convicted person for a period of up to five years or without such and with restraint of liberty for a term of up to two years and a half or without such or by life imprisonment [whatever you do, DON’T harm the customs officer is what this screams].

    Article 230. Inducement to Use Narcotic Drugs or Psychotropic Substances

    1. Inducement to use narcotic drugs or psychotropic substances Shall be punishable by restraint of liberty for a term of up to three years, or by arrest for a term of up to six months, or by deprivation of liberty for a term of three to five years.
    2. The same deed committed: a) by a group of persons by previous concert or by an organised group; b) have been committed with respect to two or more persons; c) with the use of violence, or with the threat of its use – Shall be punishable by deprivation of liberty for a term of five to ten years with restriction of liberty for a term of up to two year or without such.
    3. The acts stipulated by Parts one or two of this Article if they: a) have been committed with respect to a minor; b) have entailed, by negligence, the death of the victim or other grave consequences – shall be punishable with deprivation of freedom for a term of ten to fifteen years with or without deprivation of the right to hold certain posts or to be engaged in a certain activity for a period of up to twenty years and with restriction of liberty for a term of up to two years or without such. Note. The operation of this Article shall not extend to instances of popularization, for the purpose of preventing HIV infection and other dangerous infectious diseases, of appropriate tools and equipment usable for consumption of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances, where these deeds have been committed by approbation of the executive bodies in charge of health care and of the bodies for control over the turnover of drugs and psychotropic substances.

    Article 231. Illegal Cultivation of Plants Containing Narcotics, or Psychotropic Substances, or Precursors Thereof

    1. Illegal cultivation on a large scale of plants containing narcotics, or psychotropic substances, or precursors thereof – Shall be punishable with a fine in an amount of up to 300 thousand roubles, or in the amount of the wage or salary, or any other income of the convicted person for a period up to two years, or by compulsory works for a term of up to 480 hours, or by restriction of liberty for a term of up to two years, or by deprivation of liberty for the same term.
    2. The same deeds committed: a) by a group of persons by previous concert or by an organised group; c) on a very large scale – Shall be punishable by deprivation of liberty for a term of up to eight years with restriction of liberty for a term of up to two years or without such.

    Article 232. Organisation or Maintenance of Dens for Consuming Narcotic or Psychotropic Substances

    1. Organisation or maintenance of dens for consuming narcotic or psychotropic substances Shall be punishable by deprivation of liberty for a term of up to four years with restriction of liberty for a term of up to one year or without such.
    2. The same actions commited by a group of persons in a preliminary collusion – shall be punishable with deprivation of freedom for a term of two to six years with or without limitation of freedom for a term of up to two years.
    3. The actions stipulated by Part one of this Article and committed by an organised group – shall be punishable with deprivation of freedom for a term of three to seven years with or without limitation of freedom for a term of up to two years.

    Article 233. Illegal Issue or Forgery of Prescriptions or Other Documents Entitling Persons to Obtain Narcotic or Psychotropic Substances

    Illegal issue or forgery of prescriptions or any other documents that entitle a person to obtain narcotic or psychotropic substances shall be punishable with a fine in the amount of up to 80 thousand roubles or in the amount of a wage/salary or any other income of the convicted person for a period of up to six months, or with obligatory labour for a term of up to three hundred and sixty hours, or with corrective labour for a term of up to one year, or with restraint of liberty for a term of up to two years, or with compulsory labour for a term of up to two years with deprivation of the right to hold specified offices or to engage in specified activities for a term of up to three years or without such, or with deprivation of liberty with deprivation of the right to hold specified offices or to engage in specified activities for a term of up to three years or without such.

    And that’s about all you really need to know about drug laws in Russia 🙂

    Oh, yes, cannabis is a drug in Russia.

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