Russian woman accused of drug smuggling due to antidepressant acquitted

The Yekaterinburg court acquitted the girl who ordered antidepressants via the Internet

In Yekaterinburg, the court acquitted Daria Belyaeva, accused of drug smuggling, who ordered antidepressants via the Internet, Znak reports.

Lawyer Irina Ruchko explained that her client had the right for rehabilitation.

A Russian woman was diagnosed with schizotypal disorder and depression. The drugs that were available in city pharmacies did not relieve the girl of her suffering. In this regard, in the summer of 2019, she decided to order the licensed drug Bupropion from Poland. However, a resident of Yekaterinburg was detained when she went to the post office for a parcel.

Experts then considered that bupropion is “a product of the formal replacement of a hydrogen atom in the third position of the aromatic ring of ephedrone with a chlorine atom, as well as three hydrogen atoms of the methyl group at the ephedrone nitrogen atom for three monovalent substituents”, but ephedrone banned in Russia.

In November 2019, it was reported that the charges against Belyaeva were dropped, but the investigation considered that the girl had committed a criminal offense “without realizing her actions,” and they wanted to send her for compulsory treatment. Belyaeva herself then noted that she had “no delirium, no voices, no hallucinations, no psychosis.”

The Russian woman was actively supported by social activists and activists. They were worried that drug smuggling could jail every person ordering drugs online.