Niko Vorobyov

Niko is a writer who was formerly incarcerated for selling drugs. Born in Leningrad in the last days of the Soviet Union, he now lives in the United Kingdom. His work has appeared in publications including Salon, Alternet and The Influence. He is the author of Dopeworld, a book about the international drug trade, published by Hodder in July 2019.

Inside the Gangs Handing Out Pandemic Supplies in Rio’s Favelas

For many tourists, Rio de Janeiro is all carnival, caipirinhas and Copacabana. But there’s another side they don’t always get…

April 27, 2020

Women in Mexico’s Narco World Face Misogyny and Murder

It was a sunny day in Culiacán, the capital of both Sinaloa state in northwest Mexico and, arguably, of the…

August 13, 2019

Inside the Philippines Prison That Sparked Duterte’s Murderous Drug War

Twenty-three thousand dead. That’s the latest estimate—and maybe a low one—of people killed by President Rodrigo Duterte’s Philippines drug war.…

July 17, 2019

Russia’s Harm Reductionists Are Once Again Under Attack

“It used to be that you'd be walking on your way to score, and if you'd see a policeman, you'd…

November 26, 2018