We are accustomed to consider Afghanistan the most problematic place in the world in terms of drug production. And this opinion can hardly be disputed. In fact, the production of raw opium (the basis of heroin) is monopolized by this country. Since the Taliban came to power, its production grew rapidly. And only in 1999-2001, having achieved concessions from the international community, the Taliban banned poppy cultivation, reducing the amount of planting by
80% in just one year. However, with the beginning of the "anti-terrorist operation" in October of 2001 and the fall of the Taliban that followed it later, this country has again taken the first place in heroin production. During a year, it increased by 1400%! And today, every fifth (!) Afghan is a drug addict. Well, you have probably guessed that today's post will be all about Afghan heroin and Afghan junkies...
The 5th International Marine Show, that is one of the leading shipbuilding shows in the world, finished its work. 350 enterprises from 28 countries ( 67 of them are foreign) took part in the exposition in 2009. Participants placed their items in pavilions with the total area of 13,000 sq.metres, in open exhibition areas, in the water area at moorings of the maritime passenger terminal and near the exhibition complex. Among participants there were all leading companies of the maritime industry of Russia. Manufactures of assembling
equipment, devices, electronic components, informational technologies and dual-use goods occupied the most territory of the exhibition. 55 separate delegations from 47 countries also came to the show. 2 Defense Ministers, 7 Chiefs of the Navy and other high-ranking officials were included in these delegations. 496 journalists from 148 medias reported about the event. More than 29,000 professionals worked over the show. Now visitors have many pictures to share. We are not an exception.