Andrey Rylkov Foundation
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Drug Policy and Russia:  Drug policy in Russia

This section is entirely devoted to drug policy in one country – Russia. Our Foundation is a Russian based organization and as citizens of this country, we are interested primarily in Russian drug policy being the most humane and rational it can be, contributing to maintaining and improving the lives, health and social situation of our compatriots and friends.


December 3rd, 2016

Drug treatment centres in Moscow have reportedly begun distributing the overdose reversal drug naloxone to people who use heroin and other opiates.


February 27th, 2016

Up to 100 recovering drug users have died in Crimea since Russia seized the Ukrainian peninsular and banned their medication


May 2nd, 2015

Synthetic drugs commonly known as Spice can be used to facilitate "color revolutions," according to Viktor Ivanov, Director of the Russian Federal Drug Control Service (FDCS).


April 20th, 2015

The Federal Drug Control Service's proposal to revive Soviet-era work camps in order to treat drug addicts was met with skepticism by leading health researchers and activists


October 27th, 2014

In today's Russia, it is still very difficult for NGOs that argue for health policies backed by scientific evidence and human rights to advance their agendas openly. With increasing levels of repression, few organisations are challenging the state. In the area of drug policy and treatment and AIDS, the Andrey Rylkov Foundation for Health and Social Justice (ARF) has been one of the few to take up this challenge.


October 17th, 2014

At present, the Russian government is desperately trying to crush the drug market with force. At the same time, there is not a single government program to work with demand. Policymakers need to see drug use in a holistic way, to understand that social ills directly correspond to its proliferation.


August 15th, 2014

The following is a transcript of an interview with Anya Sarang, President of the Andrei Rylkov Foundation in Moscow. Sarang, who has worked on developing and supporting the emerging harm reduction movement in Russia, discusses contemporary drug policy in the country and its effects. The interview was conducted by Alexander Marshall as part of his recent GDPO policy brief, ‘From drug war to culture war: Russia’s growing role in the global drug debate’.


July 27th, 2014

The survey was conducted among drug-using clients of the Low-Threshold Service Point (LTSP) that operated in Kaliningrad under the EU-funded project “Taking up Challenge: Developing Services to Contain the Spread of HIV and TB among Injecting Drug Users in Kaliningrad Oblast” between October 2012 and November 2013. The LTSP was established in cooperation between Kaliningrad Drug Treatment Dispensary and the NGO “YLA” in September 2012.


July 4th, 2014

A protest in Moscow within Support don't Punish campaign on 26.06. marking the U.N. International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking has highlighted the ‘torture’ drug users are put through in the Russian criminal justice system


June 27th, 2014

As the world marks the United Nations' International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking on Thursday, millions of drug addicts in Russia have nowhere to go for treatment, and specialists are in despair over the lack of progress in the country's rehabilitation system.