Andrey Rylkov Foundation
for Health and Social Justice
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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.


September 12th, 2018

The authors join other international organizations and activists calling for the adoption of the guidelines (a human rights impact assessment tool) to provide the UN human rights treaty bodies and special procedures with clear guidance on how to assess drug policy issues through the prism of international human rights standards.


August 21st, 2018

"Sir Nicholas Clegg remembers something strange about his time in the UK government. From 2010, when he became deputy prime minister under David Cameron, Sir Nicholas began to speak with his fellow MPs about the country’s approach to illegal drugs and noticed an alarming disconnect between science and politics, evidence and emotion...."


December 12th, 2017

Russia accounts for nearly two-thirds of all new HIV infections in the European region, the report found. After Russia, Ukraine has the second largest HIV epidemic, with 240,000 people living with HIV. Drug users are most at risk.


May 9th, 2017

Russia is one of the only places in the world where the number of HIV infections is rising. One of the reasons for this is the country’s repressive drug policy.


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.