Andrey Rylkov Foundation
for Health and Social Justice



Human rights, drug policy and HIV
Russia’s drug users have a right to needles, methadone and dignity
Against the grain: the story of the Andrey Rylkov Foundation
People who made me wiser
Interviews with patients of the Yekaterinburg TB clinic which is known as “the last way clinic” among its patients.
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February 8th, 2016

Mikhail Golichenko, Senior Policy Analyst, Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, about case from Russian which represents one of the clearest examples of how stigma and discrimination against people who use drugs, people living with HIV and people living with TB feed into the state’s inability to ensure an adequate response to TB.

February 8th, 2016

UNIADS Executive Director finally responded to the open letter from civil society organizations which was sent in advance to the 5th Eastern Europe and Central Asia AIDS Conference to take place in Moscow in March 2015.

February 2nd, 2016

The submission is written jointly by Harm Reduction International, Eurasian Harm Reduction Network, Andrey Rylkov Foundation for Health and Social Justice and the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network.

January 30th, 2016

Harm Reduction International has examined the draft UNGASS outcome document and has serious concerns surrounding the harm reduction/HIV language that we want to bring to your attention.

January 28th, 2016

“I may be small, but I am strong,” says Anya Alimova, a 29-year-old with green hair, as she picks up a heavy backpack bulging with syringes, condoms, HIV tests and other related items. It’s a snowy winter’s evening in east Moscow, and Alimova and her co-worker, Lena Plotnikova, will spend the next few hours distributing these potentially lifesaving supplies to some of the Russian capital’s tens of thousands of drug users.....

December 15th, 2015

MOSCOW (AP) — On a frigid evening on the outskirts of Moscow, two HIV-prevention activists unzip backpacks, pull out packs of hypodermic needles and start discretely approaching people leaving a nearby pharmacy with an offer that could save their lives. One man, cheeks sunken and behavior jittery, takes a plastic bag full of needles, a […]

December 6th, 2015

Pavel Lobkov calls for Moscow government to fight ‘social phobias’ and medical ignorance amid sharp rise in HIV and Aids cases