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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.

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.

May 16th, 2014

A report from the London School of Economics outlines the enormous negative outcomes and collateral damage from the war on drugs and calls for new, evidence-based approaches to drug use and the drug trade

May 12th, 2014

Injecting drug use drives the huge HIV/AIDS epidemic in the region, but Russian law does not permit the substitution treatment that is shown to help. The end of its provision on 1 May will have huge repercussions says Michel Kazatchkine - UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Eastern Europe and Central Asia

October 31st, 2013

MOSCOW — With his glassy pale-blue stare, missing teeth, and emaciated frame, Igor knows all too well the damage heroin can do. But after a decade of using the drug, the 27-year-old Muscovite can’t imagine himself quitting. The descent into addiction began before Igor was even a teenager. His mother died when he was 12 […]

September 17th, 2013

Government reform of drug rehabilitation shifts focus from treatment to enforcement

September 17th, 2013

Russia: large-scale government program for the rehabilitation of addicts is in urgent need of improvement.

April 9th, 2013

The Andrey Rylkov Foundation supports people who use drugs and people living with HIV in protecting their rights and dignity. And we are more and more convinced that in order for us to protect our own rights, we do not always need expensive lawyers or large human rights grants. Sometimes commitment, perseverance, faith in justice and the help of friends is enough. This story is told by Natalya Vershinina of Togliatti on how she managed to secure the release of an unjustly convicted drug user, a woman from Togliatti---a success story, and a joyous confirmation that with strong will and some remote technical legal support (from the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network’s Mikhail Golichenko), you can succeed even in Russia's repressive "justice" system.

March 21st, 2013

Life and health do not count when the Government is tough on drugs. The Moscow pre-trial detention center fails to attend to Margarita Charykova’s needs for medical assistance since the day of her arrest in December 2012. 24 year old Margarita suffers from a severe health condition and her life is at stake. Mikhail Golichenko, the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network: “No substantive changes occurred in the area of medical help in pre-trial detention since the death of Sergey Magnitsky.” Anya Sarang, Andrey Rylkov Foundation: “State demonstrates a particular merciless attitude towards Charykova due to the fact that the young lady is accused of drug crime.”

March 15th, 2013

On 14 March 2013, at the doorsteps of the Russian Federal Drug Control Service (FDCS) activists of the Andrey Rylkov Foundation organized a one person picket to attract attention to the case of Margarita Charykova. 24-year-old Margarita has spent three months in the Moscow’s Matrosskaya Tishina pre-trial detention center without adequate medical assistance for her severe health condition. Picket participants were holding a hand written poster: "FDCS is killing Margarita Charykova". Activists demand that the authorities release Margarita.