Sanctions: Russia notes the emergence of a black drug market

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This text brings together all the reactions since the invasion of Russia in Ukraine for the day of March 30, 2022. It will be updated during the day. To find all our coverage on the conflict, it’s here.

6:30 am | Moscow — The Russian health gendarme denounced on Wednesday the emergence of markets for the illegal online resale of drugs, certain products no longer being available since the international sanctions imposed because of the offensive in Ukraine.

These sanctions and the fear of shortages have caused a stampede in pharmacies in many parts of Russia, despite calls from the Ministry of Health not to stock at home and assurances that the country has enough foreign drugs. for which there is no Russian equivalent.

The health agency “Roszdravnadzor notes the active resale of medicinal products through social networks and online marketplaces, which is a violation of the law,” the agency said in a statement.

“In addition, the purchase of pharmaceutical products from hand to hand does not guarantee the buyer the quality” of the product, he continues, calling on Russians to only buy from pharmacies, at the risk otherwise face “tragic consequences”.

Roszdravnadzor says nothing about existing shortages, while many products are little or not available in pharmacies. It also announces no coercive measures with regard to illegal resale sites in the immediate future.

Medical products are not directly targeted by Western retaliatory measures, but the sanctions affect the supply chain, the financial system and the prices for all imports.

Many Russians have stocked up on medicines for everyday use or intended to treat chronic diseases in the face of the risk of shortages of foreign products.

War in Ukraine: Norwegian judge to lead UN probe into Russian abuses

6:28 | Geneva — The UN Human Rights Council on Wednesday appointed a Norwegian judge who has served on several international tribunals to lead the investigation into violations committed by Russia during the war in Ukraine.

Erik Mose, a former judge at the Supreme Court of Norway and the European Court of Human Rights, who also presided over the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, has been appointed chairman of the newly created independent international commission of inquiry .

The President of the Human Rights Council, Federico Villegas, has also named the two other personalities who will be part of the team.

They are Jasminka Dzumhur, a human rights ombudsman from Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the Colombian Pablo de Greiff, who has been the United Nations’ main expert in promoting truth, justice and reparations.

The UN Human Rights Council approved on March 4 a resolution in favor of an international commission of inquiry into violations of human rights and humanitarian law in Ukraine after the Russian invasion.

The text presented by kyiv condemns “violations of human rights and attacks on these rights resulting from the aggression of the Russian Federation” and calls for a rapid withdrawal of the Russian army.

He asks for the emergency establishment for an initial period of one year “an independent international commission of inquiry”, the highest level of investigation of the Council.

The three investigators will be responsible for “collecting, collating and analyzing evidence of (…) violations” of human rights and international humanitarian law resulting from the Russian invasion of Ukraine, with a view to future trials, and to identify those responsible for these violations “so that they have to answer for their actions”.

Thousands of people have been killed since the invasion began on February 24 and more than four million Ukrainians have fled their country.

The Hague-based International Criminal Court (ICC) is also investigating alleged war crimes in Ukraine.

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