Russia’s chief medical officer blames The Beatles for the country’s drug problem

Yevgeny Bryun says the Fab Four's adventures in India turned the country's youth on to drug taking

The chief medical officer of Russia has bizarrely said that The Beatles are to blame for the country’s drug problem.

Yevgeny Bryun, who is the Eastern Europe nation’s medical chief, says that the country’s youth first got introduced to the idea of drug-taking when The Beatles traveled to India in the late ’60s to “expand their minds”.

According to Daily Mail, Bryun said of this: “After The Beatles traveled to expand their consciousness in Indian ashrams, they brought the idea of changing one’s psychic state to the people.”

Bryun then added that it was after this news entered public consciousness that people in Russia realised you could make money from the sale of drugs. He said of this: “When business then realised it was possible to make money from this, goods associated with pleasure, that was when the growth in the demand for drugs started.”

The health official also delivered a stark warning for those who indulged in drug taking, promising they would either end up in prison or dead. He added: ”Either we stop adolescents from taking drugs at an early age, or tell them that either prison awaits them, or death.”

Ironically, earlier this year, Paul McCartney revealed that he’s given up smoking marijuana for his daughter.

He said at the time: “I smoked my share. When you’re bringing up a youngster, your sense of responsibility does kick in, if you’re lucky, at some point. Enough’s enough – you just don’t seem to think it’s necessary.”

The singer was famously arrested in Japan in 1980 when touring the country with his band Wings and spent 10 nights in a prison after customs officials discovered half a pound of marijuana in his luggage, although he was eventually released and deported.