Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has outraged opposition politicians and commentators by purchasing cocaine, marijuana and other drugs over the internet in a bid to show how easy it is to procure the illegal substances, media reported Friday.
"I wanted to show how easily you come by drugs in the Ukraine," his press office quoted Yanukovych as saying, DPA reported.
Security officials have to do far more to battle "the evil especially widespread among minors," he added.
The ability to order a "whole assortment of drugs" through the internet begs the question if officials - including prosecutors - are doing their jobs, Yanukovych said.
Critics pointed out that even a president violates the law when he arranges for drugs to be bought.
It is also well known that all kinds of products can be easily found on the internet, making the controversial experiment - nicknamed "Controlled Acquisition" - unnecessary, they added.
The purchase of drugs is punishable with a prison sentence of up to 10 years in Ukraine, according to the media reports.
The narcotics were immediately destroyed after the public demonstration, the presidential administration in the Ukrainian capital Kiev said.