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Nicaragua: Russian drugs tsar inaugurates anti-drug training ground

Nicaragua, Managua
March 23, 2013 at 00:02 GMT +00:00 · Published

Nicaragua: Russian drugs tsar inaugurates anti-drug training ground

Viktor Ivanov, the director of Russia's drugs law enforcement agency, lay the first stone for a new anit-drugs training centre in Managua, Nicaragua, on Friday. The centre will be the training ground for a special unit who will fight in Nicaragua's war on drugs. A brass band accompanied the event which was attended by Nicaraguan officials from government and police.

Nicaragua is training troops to wage war by land and sea on drug traffickers shipping cargo through Central America into the United States. In 2011 Russia provided Nicaragua with $26.5m (€20m) in military aid. Russia has also been instrumental in helping the country fight a fierce drug war, providing logistical support to Nicaragua's drug war effort. The countries undertook a joint operation in early March which brought down a prolific drug cartel.

Ivanov arrived in Nicaragua Wednesday and is set to meet the country's president Daniel Ortega during his visit.

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Nicaragua: Russian drugs tsar inaugurates anti-drug training ground

Viktor Ivanov, the director of Russia's drugs law enforcement agency, lay the first stone for a new anit-drugs training centre in Managua, Nicaragua, on Friday. The centre will be the training ground for a special unit who will fight in Nicaragua's war on drugs. A brass band accompanied the event which was attended by Nicaraguan officials from government and police.

Nicaragua is training troops to wage war by land and sea on drug traffickers shipping cargo through Central America into the United States. In 2011 Russia provided Nicaragua with $26.5m (€20m) in military aid. Russia has also been instrumental in helping the country fight a fierce drug war, providing logistical support to Nicaragua's drug war effort. The countries undertook a joint operation in early March which brought down a prolific drug cartel.

Ivanov arrived in Nicaragua Wednesday and is set to meet the country's president Daniel Ortega during his visit.

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