ECAD Regional Director in Russia:
A portrait -in response to a questionnaire
Born - 1954
Family - married, has three children
Education - chemistry; PhD of Law.
Experience of work in the field - since 1987. From 1992 to 1997 served as deputy chief of Drug Squad at St. Petersburg County Police; from 1997 to 1999 was Head of this Drug Squad; police rank - colonel on the retired list.
ECAD regional office in Russia is represented by the St. Petersburg's regional no-profit organisation 'Cities against drugs'.
Human resources of the regional office - George Zazulin as chairman, with a vice-chairman serving as co-ordinator of the International Centre for Anti-Drug Policy at the St. Petersburg State University, manager of the web site www.ecad.ru, bookkeeper, student volunteers.
Finances - project-based.
Main directions of activities - current project 'Drug Prevention in St. Petersburg' funded by the Swedish International Development Co-operation Agency, SIDA, 2002-2004, includes 12 educational seminars with municipalities' staff workers as project's target group; ongoing activities in co-operation with the St. Petersburg State University at the International Centre for Anti-Drug Policy; ongoing activities in co-operation with the plenipotentiary of the President of the Russian Federation in North-Western Russia. Current work on updating the web site 'European Cities Against Drugs in Russia' and arranging informational campaigns to show the social danger of illicit drug use and promoting restrictive drug policies.
ECAD Russia supports the Russian member cities in following areas:
Training in the basic principles and methods of anti-drug policies for cities; Experience exchange on local, regional and international levels; Analysis of drug situation in a city and design of recommendation for decision making; Expert assessment of a municipality's anti-drug strategies along with the efficiency of drug enforcement management.
Partners and Opponents - most of the organisations which work in the field are small local organisations which do not have influence on the political level; there are those who support the restrictive approach and those working in favour of the liberalisation movement. A strong opponent of ECAD is the Moscow office of the Trans-national Radical Party which is actively fighting for legalisation of marijuana.
'ECAD should register with the UN
and hence have a higher status than,
for example, ... Trans-national Radical Party.
'The Stockholm office should become a Nils Bejerot Training Centre where the member cities' experiences in combating drugs are accumulated and shared.' George Zazulin
ECAD's main partners in Russia are the St. Petersburg State University, Ministry of Internal Affairs (St. Petersburg division), Prince Oldenburg Institute of Law, law-enforcement structures in St. Petersburg, Legislative Assembly of St. Petersburg, administrations of ECAD member cities, web site 'No to drugs' among others. ECAD in Russia gets support from the plenipotentiary of the President of the Russian Federation in North-Western Russia.
The ECAD organisation is seen by authorities and fellow organisations as a partner for organising and holding conferences, an educational resource and a source of expert support in developing anti-drug programs.
George's vision for the development of the Regional ECAD Office is for continued widening of the network of the ECAD Russia member cities, deepening co-operation with the International Centre for Anti-Drug Policy which can be enhanced by the scientific, educational and financial potential of the university.
George's wish - we should press for passing a UN decree to close all marijuana museums in Europe. It would be of much help for our every day work to develop and to adopt on the ECAD forum an instruction for carrying out anti-drug programs in municipalities (ECAD Russia has already worked out a draft for the Russian member cities).